Schwartz Hunter, PC provides legal representation in matters related to Custody and Parenting time in both divorce matters and in matters between parents that were not married. When the court finds that custody is a genuine issue, the case may be referred to mediation. If mediation is not successful the Family Part may order an investigation to be made by the Family Division as to the character and fitness of the parties, the parties’ homes, the economic condition of the family and other related factors.
When critical facts relating to custody are in dispute, a plenary hearing may be held, whether an initial award of custody or a change of custody is involved. In deciding the issue of custody the best interests of the child governs. To make a best interest determination multiple statutory factors are analyzed by the court.
In cases where custody or parenting time is in dispute the court may appoint an attorney to represent the children either on the request of a party or on its own motion. This occurs when the court concludes that neither parent is sufficiently protecting the best interest of the child or children.
In addition the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to make recommendations in the best interest of a child. The guardian ad litem will conduct an investigation, interview the parties, children and others and render a report to the court.
Schwartz Hunter PC is active as advocates for parties in custody and parenting time matters and often serves as court appointed counsel or guardian ad litem.
Contact Schwartz Hunter, PC to arrange a consultation with a lawyer at a reduced rate by calling 973-895-1175 or by contacting us online. For those clients who may have a difficult time coming to our Randolph, New Jersey, office for an appointment, we can make arrangements to meet with you.