Is there a difference between joint physical custody and joint legal custody in New Jersey?

By Sonya K. Zeigler
March 17, 2017
Is there a difference between joint physical custody and joint legal custody in New Jersey?

Having legal custody in the State of New Jersey gives you the right to make all significant decisions on the part of the children relating to their housing, education, welfare, and religion. Legal custody is typically joint, but not always. Physical custody designates where the children reside and for what period of time. Here is where each parent would be appointed as either a parent of primary residence or a parent of alternate residence, and then craft a schedule that would indicate where the children are on what particular date or week.


Sonya K. Zeigler is a partner at Stolfe Zeigler, a boutique family law firm that obtains favorable outcomes for high-net-worth, complex, and litigious cases. To learn more about Sonya and her firm, click here or visit www.szfamilylawfirm.com.

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March 17, 2017
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