While the court issues orders for custody and parenting time in cases where parents cannot agree, every divorcing couple can create an agreement for custody and parenting time which suits their family’s circumstances. According to New Jersey law, the court will honor an agreement made by the parents as long as it is in the best interests of the children.
In cases where the parents cannot reach an agreement regarding custody or parenting time, the court will determine the custody and parenting time for each parent, often with the input of experts. In making custody and parenting decisions, the court in New Jersey will always put the best interests of the children first. For example, if one parent travels significantly for work, it may be in the child’s best interest for that parent to not have joint physical custody although it may be best for the parent.
The court will not consider the parents’ needs above the needs of the children. If however, the parents come to an agreement on their own and both parents wish to share joint physical custody and they come up with a creative plan which allows the traveling parent parenting time whenever s/he is in town, the court will honor the arrangement agreed to by the parties.
Getting Legal Help
Experienced Family Law Attorney Jeffrey M. Bloom can help you make the divorce process easier. We can work with you to get through the process with dignity and respect. Contact us today at (201) 868-9300.