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Child Custody

Accomplished New Jersey Firm Handles Child Custody Matters

Somerset attorney assists with disputes over residence and legal authority

The outcome of a child custody matter can change the course of your son or daughter’s life. With so much at stake, it is crucial to retain an attorney who is competent and experienced in this area of the law. At the Law Offices of Kisha M. Hebbon, LLC in Somerset, we help parents establish legal custody and parenting time arrangements that promote the well-being of their sons and daughters. New Jersey courts seek to maintain frequent and continuous contact between minor children and both parents, and attorney Kisha Hebbon knows how to establish appropriate parenting plans even when other issues in a divorce are highly disputed.

Effective firm provides knowledgeable counsel on custody issues

Child custody comprises both legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s authority and responsibility for making major decisions regarding the child’s health, education and welfare. Physical or residential custody refers to where the child lives. Attorney Kisha Hebbon has more than a decade of family law experience and can counsel you on each aspect of child custody matters, including:

  • Factors listed under New Jersey law — If parents cannot agree on how to manage the upbringing of their child, state law lists several factors that can be considered by the judge when making a custody decision. These include parental fitness, the child’s educational needs, and the relative stability of each home environment.
  • Primary and joint custody arrangements — Generally, custody arrangements fall into one of three categories: sole custody, joint legal custody, and joint physical custody. Sole custody awards both the legal and physical custody to one parent. Joint legal custody provides that both parents have joint responsibility for all major decisions regarding the child’s health, welfare, and education. However, in a joint custody case, the court will usually designate one parent as the child’s parent of primary residence and determine a parenting plan for the other parent.
  • Modifications to existing orders — If a significant change occurs and you require an adjustment to your custody order or you are looking to prevent that change, our firm will press for a fair resolution.

In any custody proceeding, the court is bound by law to treat the rights of both parents equally. Still, men sometimes face ingrained biases when courts review parenting plans. Our firm takes a special interest in fathers’ rights cases and works tirelessly to ensure that paternal bonds remain strong.

Compassionate lawyer advises parents on relocation proceedings

Whether a divorce has recently occurred or several years have passed, a custodial parent may be compelled to move to a distant location. These situations can be highly volatile, and courts look at a wide range of factors to determine if a custody arrangement should be modified to accommodate a move. As always, judges make their decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child, which can include of a review of the reason for the relocation, the relationship between the parents, and the child’s preference.

Contact an experienced New Jersey child custody attorney to make an appointment

The Law Offices of Kisha M. Hebbon, LLC represents clients in child custody matters and other family law cases throughout New Jersey, including Somerset, Middlesex and Union counties. Please call 732-873-6464 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our office in Somerset.

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