Burlington County Child Custody Lawyer
The amount of time your children spend with you and your former spouse, the way your children will be raised, and all other issues involving your children are some of the most important factors that must be addressed in a divorce.
At The Law Firm of Michael S. Rothmel, LLC, we recognize this and provide clients with the straightforward advice and innovative legal strategies they need to ensure the best interests of their children are met. For more than two decades, we have served the needs of families in Burlington County and nearby communities in South Jersey when they have legal needs related to divorce and child custody.
Custody Issues In New Jersey
When you retain our firm, we help you understand custody-related issues such as:
- Parenting time: Parenting time was formerly referred to as visitation or visitation rights. Regardless of what it is called, it refers to the schedule that parents are expected to follow to let the children spend a specified number of days or amount of time with each parent.
- Residential custody: New Jersey recognizes two types of custody — residential and legal — with residential custody determining the child’s living situation. The parent with primary residential custody has the responsibility for making day-to-day decisions for the children. Having an experienced lawyer on your side during the divorce can be an important factor in whether physical custody is split 50-50, assigned solely to one parent or divided some other way in the best interests of your children.
- Legal custody: The other type of custody in New Jersey is legal custody. The law favors joint legal custody in which both parents consult regarding decisions involving the health education and welfare of their children. Violating joint legal custody can have serious implications ranging from selection of counselors to paying for college.
Residential and legal custody may be granted exclusively to one parent (sole custody) or divided in some other way (joint or split custody).