West Orange Child Custody

Courts determine child custody issues based on the best interests of the child. In child custody cases, the mediation process is often able to help parents reach acceptable agreements without the need for a courtroom battle.

At the Law Offices of Gary J. Natale, P.C., in West Orange, New Jersey, we represent clients in both mediation and litigation related to child custody issues. If you need to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer regarding your rights, contact us today.

When It Comes to Your Kids, It’s Not About Winning or Losing

Child custody cases can be challenging, complicated and costly. Our firm prides itself on being forthright and honest with our clients. If both parents are fit and there are no allegations of child abuse or mistreatment, then both parents will probably be granted joint custody.

When clients suggest the strategy of pursuing sole physical custody in order to reduce or avoid child support, we explain the practical ramifications of that idea and usually discourage it. In our opinion, spending time with your children should be about personal rewards, not financial savings.

Using Experts in Child Custody Cases Throughout Middlesex County

If mediation fails or is not the best option to resolve your child custody dispute, we will prepare your child custody case for litigation. Child welfare experts will likely have a major impact on the outcome. These experts may prepare “best interest” reports about what is best for the children. These reports are based on detailed interviews with many people involved in the children’s lives, including psychologists and teachers who may provide data about your child’s performance and progress at school. As part of the process, both parents will be interviewed to evaluate how they interact with the child.

As an experienced Essex County child custody lawyer, Gary Natale will be able to guide you through this entire process.

Allegations of Abuse in Child Custody Cases

Any accusation of child abuse — whether physical or sexual — is a serious charge that should be treated with equal seriousness. When such charges are supported by physical evidence or credible testimony, the end result may include strictly supervised visitation or even termination of parental rights via an action by the Division of Youth and Family Services.

Sadly, some parents will raise questions about possible abuse as a misguided attempt to “get ahead” in a child custody battle. Our law firm discourages this tactic, and we fight fiercely against it when it is used against our clients.

Taking Control of Your Child Custody Issue

Child custody litigation takes the decision-making process away from the parents who should be making those decisions. Mediation gives you control and allows you to discuss possible solutions in a cooperative environment. As parents, you and your spouse should focus on your children’s best interests and on developing productive relationships as ex-spouses. That is what we candidly encourage.

Contact an Essex County Child Custody Lawyer for a Free Consultation

For more information or to schedule an appointment with experienced Essex County divorce lawyer Gary Natale, please call (973) 324-9711 or contact us online today.

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