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How a judge determines the primary caretaker

New Jersey parents who are facing divorce might wonder what criteria are used to award custody. In some cases, they may be able to negotiate a custody arrangement between themselves. However, if that is not possible, it may be necessary to turn to litigation. There, in deciding who gets primary physical custody of the child, a judge generally looks at who the child's primary physical caretaker was during the relationship.

Paying attention to a divorce settlement agreement

While the need to quickly dissolve a broken marriage is understandable, both parties should carefully consider what goes into their divorce settlement agreement. New Jersey couples might often need to think about and refer to this agreement when dealing with a former spouse for reasons related to children, real estate or business.

Evaluating options in pursuing divorce

Divorce courts in New Jersey may help in deciding difficult matters related to the end of a marriage, but court battles can be costly. Nationally, the divorce rate tends to remain consistently in the range of 50 percent, which can also create a heavy load in the courts. To save both time and money, some couples might seek alternative avenues for terminating their marital ties.

Child custody laws in New Jersey

The provisions of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act have been adopted in New Jersey and all other U.S. states. The intent of the act is to bring consistency to child custody laws across the country and reduce the number of interstate child custody disputes. Judges in New Jersey make child custody decisions based upon several factors, but the most important of these is what is considered to be in the best interests of the child or children involved.

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