Should I fight? Volume One: Child Custody

Good to know, if you need to know.

Rick Silver, Attorney at Law

Well, should you? The short answer is, in most cases, no.

In New Jersey, there are three types of custody: sole custody, joint custody, and shared custody.

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In sole custody, the child lives with one parent who is responsible for all of the day-to-day decisions of the child. This is the least common type of custody arrangement;

In joint custody, the child lives with one parent, the other parent has a visitation schedule, and while both parents should decide what is best for the child, the custodial parent (the parent with whom the child lives) generally has the last word in parenting decisions. This is, by far, the most common custody arrangement;

Finally, there is shared custody, in which the child spends half of his or her time with each parent, and both parents have an equal right to all decision making involving the child. This arrangement requires a great…

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