The New Jersey fathers’ rights attorneys at Aretsky Law Group, P.C., understand that your children are of utmost importance to you. We do all we can to ensure that our clients are granted custody and parenting time arrangements that allow them to maintain a meaningful relationship with their children.
Whether you live in Alpine in Bergen County, Far Hills in Somerset County, or Glen Ridge in Essex County, if you hire a New Jersey divorce lawyer from Aretsky Law Group, P.C., you will have an advocate by your side who understands New Jersey law and who will work vigorously to ensure that these issues are resolved in a favorable way.Divorce and Legal Separation
Divorce is stressful even under the best of circumstances. Our experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys will guide you throughout the process whether you are going through an amicable, uncontested divorce or a contentious, contested one. We can also help if you are seeking legal separation.
If you and your spouse maintain a good relationship and agree on all or most important matters, an uncontested divorce may be possible. We will craft an agreement to meet your needs.
If you and your spouse disagree on one or more important issues, an Aretsky Law Group, P.C., will be at your side every step of the way. Our knowledgeable New Jersey divorce lawyers represent our clients vigorously in these and other divorce and family law matters:
- equitable distribution of marital property;
- distribution of debt;
- spousal support, or alimony;
- child support;
- parenting time; and
- special issues of high-asset divorce cases.
Although we strive to achieve an amicable agreement, our dedicated attorneys are skilled litigators and will work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests when necessary.
If you and your spouse are living in separate residences and you want to obtain a legal separation, you do not have to file a motion or appear in family court. However, you will need a written agreement. We will draft a document that protects your needs and establishes legal separation status.
New Jersey law requires child-custody decisions to be “gender neutral.” In other words, it mandates that the Courts give men and women equal consideration when matters concerning child custody are being decided. In every case, the most important factor in the eyes of the Court will be the “best interests of the child.”
The two basic types of child custody are Residential Custody and Legal Custody.Legal Custody
Parents usually have joint legal custody even when one parent has sole residential, or physical, custody. This means that they share in decision making when important issues are involved. These include decisions about the child’s education, religion, and health and medical concerns.Residential Custody
Residential custody, commonly referred to as physical custody, deals with where the child will live.
Sole Residential Custody—The child spends most of the time with one parent.
Joint, or Shared, Residential Custody—The child spends about the same amount of time with each parent.Parenting Time
When one parent has sole physical custody, the non-custodial parent is granted parenting time.
New Jersey courts understand the importance that both parents play in a child’s life. For that reason, they do their best to ensure that parenting-time arrangements support the maintenance of a positive relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent.The Best Interests of You and Your Child
Our aim is to help you understand the various child-custody and parenting-time options available and to guide you in your determination as to which arrangement is best for you and your child.
If you are a hands-on father and want to fight for either sole or joint custody, our father’s rights lawyers will work diligently to convince the Court that this arrangement is in the best interests of your child.Change in Circumstances
As time passes, circumstances change. It often becomes necessary, therefore, to revise existing child custody and parenting plans.
A parent might change his or her place and/or hours of employment. This may result in an ability to devote more or less time with the child.
As children mature, it is only natural that they acquire new interests and responsibilities. Even if a child enjoys spending time with his or her non-custodial parent, the amount of time might have to be reduced or changed to a different time of the week.
If you believe that it is necessary to modify an agreement because of a change in your, your ex’s, or your child’s circumstances, we will draft a document that meets your needs and those of your child. If your ex is against the modification, we will file a motion and fight on your behalf.
On the other hand, if your child’s other parent has requested a modification that you do not favor, your Aretsky Law Group, P.C., father’s rights attorney will work to prevent the change.Parental Alienation
Although most parents recognize that it is best if their child has a positive relationship with both parents, occasionally the bitterness of divorce causes one parent to attempt to hinder that relationship. If you believe that your child is being turned against you, it is crucial that you obtain the assistance of a New Jersey family law attorney with experience in these serious matters .
With an Aretsky Law Group, P.C., fathers’ rights attorney at your side, you can rest assured that you will not be alone in your resolve to maintain a close, meaningful relationship with your child.
Do you have questions about fathers’ rights, child custody, parenting time, child support, or any other divorce or family law issue? Call us at 800-537-4154 to schedule a free initial consultation. We are available to take your call 24/7.