Somerset County Child Custody Attorneys
Helping Parents Resolve Custody Matters in New Jersey
Child custody can be one of the most contested and highly emotional issues in a divorce. If you are concerned about protecting your rights to maintain or share the custody of your children, it is important that you consult with an attorney. At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, we work with parents across New Jersey in all types of child custody and parenting time matters. We are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights and ensuring a resolution that reflects the child’s best interests.
At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, we work with parents across New Jersey in all types of child custody and parenting time matters. We are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights and ensuring a resolution that reflects the child’s best interests.
How We Can Help
As a full-service family law firm, child custody cases make up a large portion of our practice. Our Somerset County child custody attorneys understand the state laws that govern these issues and know how to find effective solutions to even the most contentious disputes.
We routinely handle custody cases involving:
- Parenting coordination and GAL
- Parenting time and visitation
- Paternity and parental rights
- Third-party custody and grandparents’ rights
We Are Dedicated to Protecting the Interests of Children
When you work with our attorneys on a child custody or paternity case, you can trust that we will remain mindful of your children’s needs. In fact, our lawyers are trusted by New Jersey courts for our integrity and skill.
For example, attorneys Amy Zylman Shimalla, Amy Wechsler, Heidi Ann Lepp, and Michele D’Onofrio are often appointed by the court to serve as guardians ad litem and/or parenting coordinators. Our lawyers are also called upon to act as fact-finders for the court or to provide ongoing recommendations to the parties in difficult or high-conflict custody cases.
How Child Custody Is Determined
In New Jersey, there are two different types of custody: Legal custody and residential (physical) custody.
Legal custody involves the parents’ rights to make decisions regarding their child’s education, health care, religion, and general upbringing. In New Jersey, there is a presumption that parties will have joint legal custody, thereby sharing in these decisions. The extent of parental involvement may vary, however. Also, in unusual circumstances, sole legal custody may be warranted.
Residential or physical custody refers to where a child will actually live and how much time a child spends in each parent’s home.
In determining child custody, the courts evaluate a number of factors, including:
- Parenting strengths
- Parental fitness
- Parental availability
- Existing parenting arrangements
- Special needs
- Child preferences (when children are of sufficient age)
In presenting the facts and advocating for your position on the issues of custody and parenting time, your Somerset County child custody attorney is a critical asset to support your rights and protect the best interests of your children.
Mediation & Child Custody
Our attorneys are experienced in mediation both privately and through the court-mandated program. Amy Zylman Shimalla and Amy Wechsler helped to create the custody mediation program that has been in effect in Somerset County since 1995. All our attorneys are experienced custody mediators. We are also experienced advocates in representing parties who participate in mediation to address custody issues. In all cases, whether we serve as mediators or as advocates, the best interests of the child are our first priority.
To discuss your child custody case with Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, call (908) 356-7634 today.
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I found everyone at the firm to be professional, courteous & thorough in their respective jobs. Very responsive to calls & emails. Documents were impeccable. Was treated with the utmost of respect. 100% recommend.
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