How is Child Custody & Parenting Time Determined?

  • There are two types of custody in NJ: legal custody and physical custody
  • Where the child resides is physical custody; legal custody deals with decision-making for the child – who makes those decisions.
  • The courts lean toward joint custody, because they want both parents involved in making decisions regarding the welfare of the child.
  • Regarding parenting time, the courts require the parties involved to go through mediation to work out an equitable solution that meets the needs of the child.