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Michael P. McGuire

Set A Straightforward Plan

Even when parents disagree about their marriage or relationship, they tend to agree that they want what is best for their children. If you are divorcing or separating and want competent guidance on how to set up a child custody and visitation plan that works for your child or children, we can help.

As dedicated family law attorneys, our team at the Law Offices Of Michael P. McGuire LLC seeks to streamline the process to create the least disruption to your children’s routines and life possible.

The Difference Between Physical And Legal Custody

As a parent in New Jersey, you can have physical or legal custody of your child.

Physical custody means in which home or with which parent the child lives, primarily. (PPR).

Legal custody means which parent makes decisions about the child’s education, healthcare, religion or other major issues that affect the child’s welfare. This can be one or both parents.

We can help you create a plan that meets your child’s needs. In most cases, there will be joint legal and physical custody, with both parents having similar parenting time. Parenting time is most often “shared.” This means it is very rarely an exact 50-50 split. Typically, due to a child’s school and extracurricular activity, the arrangement will be closer to a 60-40 or even a 70-30 split of time. Parents going into negotiations who understand this typically fare better and have less contention.

Joint Custody Is Typical But Not Always Granted

When you and the other parent have joint legal custody, you will both have equal legal authority when making decisions that affect the child. In rare cases, one parent is given sole legal and physical custody. This is usually in cases that have a proven history of abuse, neglect, addiction, mental health issues or incarceration of one parent. Your custody arrangement will affect the amount of child support that is paid.

As established attorneys who provide a broad range of family law services, we can assist with your divorce needs. We also offer our divorce services in Spanish and Arabic.

Partner With Us To Get A Custody Plan That Works

We know that nothing is more important than the time you have with your child or children. We work diligently to ensure that the plan you have works in the way that best serves the needs of your child. Work with a proven team for New Jersey child custody issues. Call us at 732-704-7331 or you can connect via website contact email so that we can get in touch with you. We help parents with custody matters all throughout New Jersey from our Freehold office. Se habla español.