Child Custody and Visitation
Naturally you want what’s best for your children in a divorce. A judge may not agree with your idea of your child’s best interests. At Michael J. Stein, Attorney at Law, we will listen to you and help you negotiate an out-of-court solution that addresses your most important concerns.
In negotiation — or as a last resort, litigation — our experienced child custody attorney will protect your legal interests while guiding you toward a resolution that has the least negative impact on your children. Our Moorestown family law firm represents mothers and fathers in custody matters throughout Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County and surrounding counties of New Jersey. Call 856-291-0549 for a free initial consultation.
Protecting the Relationship You Have With Your Child
We handle all child custody issues:
- Initial determination of child custody
- Negotiation of parenting plan specifics
- Custody modifications
- Petitions to relocate with children (seeking or challenging)
- Enforcement of visitation rights
- Paternity actions
Child Custody in New Jersey
In a divorce or break-up of unmarried parents, the court’s presumption is some form of joint physical custody (the child will live most of the time with one parent, and other parent will have visitation). The court also presumes joint legal custody (each parent has input on decisions about the child’s health, education, safety, and welfare). Sole custody may be granted in certain cases, for example, where one parent is deemed unfit because of abuse or a dangerous environment (domestic violence, drug use).
In shared custody, neither parent is primary — parenting time is split 50/50 or close to it. Switching households every three or four days can be hard on some kids. The court will approve only what is in the child’s best interests, which may not always align with your desires.
Are you concerned you won’t get a fair shake in custody? Michael J. Stein has practiced family law for over a decade. He can advise on the likely outcome regarding custody, and protect your legal rights throughout the process. Wherever possible, he strives to avoid legal battles and helps parents come to mutual agreement about the child custody arrangements.
If no agreement is reached in mediation (a necessary first step), Burlington County, for example, requires a Custody Neutral Assessment (CNA). If you do not agree with the CNA recommendations, you can hire a private evaluator. If these steps do not lead to a custody agreement, we will have to go to court and let a judge decide. Mr. Stein is an experienced trial lawyer who will help you make your case in court.
For Your Kids’ Sake, Let’s Work It Out
At every step, the cost increases and your control over the outcome decreases. Michael Stein has helped hundreds of couples reach custody agreements, as their lawyer or as a state-qualified mediator. To discuss your child custody situation with a compassionate lawyer who can pursue your goals, contact our Moorestown office at 856-291-0549. We accept credit cards (Visa, American Express, Discover and MasterCard) and can arrange after-hours or weekend appointments.