Custody - Statutory Factors


N.J.S.A. 9:2-4c:

  1. The parents' ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child.
  2. The parties' willingness to accept custody.
  3. Any history of unwillingness to allow visitation not based on substantiated abuse.
  4. The interaction and relationship of the children with its parents and siblings.
  5. The history of domestic violence, if any.
  6. The safety of the child.
  7. The safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other party.
  8. The preference of the child when of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent decision.
  9. The needs of the child.
  10. The stability of the home environment offered.
  11. The quality and continuity of the child's education.
  12. The fitness of the parents.
  13. The geographic proximity of the parents' homes.
  14. The extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or subsequent to the separation.
  15. The parents' employment responsibilities.
  16. The age and number of the children.

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