Child Custody and Child Support
Guidance for Decisions About Custody
In many divorces, two of the most important decisions a family will make involve where their children will live and what role each parent will play in the children’s lives. The attorneys at Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC are mindful of the lingering impact that divorce negotiations and proceedings can have on these relationships.
These two custody issues must also be resolved for parties who have children together but were not unmarried.
We help clients residing throughout New Jersey achieve fair resolutions for disputes regarding initial child custody determinations and modifications to existing custody orders.
In many divorces, two of the most important decisions a family will make involve where the children will live and what role each parent will play in their lives. As with many aspects of the end of a marriage, the approach you and your legal counsel use when determining custody matters can significantly affect your relationships with your former spouse and your children. READ MORE
The attorneys at Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC can explain and calculate child support obligations for both high and moderate income earners to ensure that obligations are set fairly and accurately. We can help clients understand the New Jersey child support guidelines and whether the guidelines are applicable.
For many families, child support obligations can often be determined by applying the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. High-income families, however, may face particular challenges in setting child support as the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines become inapplicable. Additional issues may arise where parties are self-employed or earn income outside of a W-2. READ MORE
Achieving a Resolution in the Best Interests of the Children
The attorneys at Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC provide clients with counsel and guidance for determining both physical and legal custody in New Jersey.
- Physical custody involves where the child will reside. Physical custody can be shared, meaning the child lives a significant amount of time with each parent, or sole, meaning the child lives primarily with one parent and has parenting time with the other parent.
- Legal custody involves the rights of both parents to make decisions about their children’s education, health care and other important parts of a child’s life. As a practical matter, there is often an award of joint legal custody, although sole custody is sometimes established.
Decisions about custody are made with the best interests of the children as a guide. If parties cannot reach an agreement on custody, the court will make a determination based on factors such as parental fitness and ability, current living arrangements and the preferences of the children, depending on their age and ability to explain their preference.
Parenting-Time and Visitation Attorneys
Even when an award of sole physical custody is made, the noncustodial parent and child will still have a relationship. Parenting time, formerly called visitation, is the amount of time that a child spends with the noncustodial parent.
The attorneys at Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC have significant experience negotiating and drafting parenting time schedules, as well as litigating custody and parenting time issues when an amicable resolution cannot be reached through other methods.
We provide representation for all custody and parenting time related issues to clients living throughout New Jersey including Mercer County, Somerset County, Hunterdon County, Middlesex County and Burlington County.
If you need counsel for a child custody matter or other family law matter, call us today at 609-730-3850 or contact us online.