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Legal Custody in Monmouth County

Deciding Who Can Make Important Decisions Regarding Your Child

Although you are divorcing your spouse, you are not divorcing your children. Parenting is for a lifetime, so after your divorce is final, you and your ex-spouse will continue to be parents but will be doing so differently. One major area that will be addressed in the divorce is legal custody. Having legal custody of your children means you are legally allowed to have a say in the important issues in their lives, issues such as education, religion, health and general welfare, for example.

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There are two types of legal custody. They are:

  • Joint legal custody: Both parents have the legal right to make decisions in the major areas of a child's life and both will have access to medical and educational records on their child.
  • Sole legal custody: Only one parent has that legal right.

As legal custody is an extremely important area to address, the findings of the custody evaluator will play a significant role in deciding this issue.

In New Jersey, How Does the Court Determine Legal Custody?

The court generally awards joint legal custody to each parent, as in most cases it is considered to be in the child's best interests to have both parents participate in the child's upbringing.

Sole legal custody happens in those rare instances where having only one parent making the important decisions is in the child's best interest, as having the noncustodial parent involved would not be best for the child.

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If you would like to better understand this important aspect of divorce, call us, the Monmouth County custody attorneys at the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC.

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