Feb 12, 2019

New Jersey Custody Laws for Single Parents

written by Mario D'Adamo

Over 10 years court experience. Experienced Lawyer with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Skilled in Legal Assistance, Criminal Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Arbitration, and Westlaw. Strong business development professional with a Juris Doctor focused in Law from Widener University School of Law.

Determining Child Custody in New Jersey

In general, family courts in New Jersey will consider the following factors when making a custody determination:

  • The quality of the relationship of the child with each of his/her parents and siblings
  • Each parent’s ability to communicate with one another and work together for the child’s best interests
  • Each parent’s willingness to accept court-appointed child custody arrangements
  • Any history of either parent’s unwillingness to cooperate with a formal child custody plan or court-appointed custody arrangement
  • The general fitness of each parent to care for the child
  • The geographical proximity of the parents’ homes or residences
  • The age of the children
  • The number of children in the home, including children from another marriage or relationship
  • The child’s preference, as stated in court, if the child is of a sufficient age and intelligence to make such a decision (for example, if the child is over age 12)
  • Any history of domestic violence within the immediate family and particularly if​ perpetrated by either parent
  • The general stability of the home environment
  • The needs of the child (such as unique, documented emotional or medical needs)