There are times when a best interest evaluation is necessary regarding the parties custody and parenting time and the children at issue. When the parties cannot agree on custody and parenting time, an expert, generally a psychologist is retained to interview both parties and the children to determine whether or not custody should be primarily with one parent or the other and what type of parenting time the other party should receive with the children. Generally, the expert will interview the parties and the children to render an opinion in a report that the court may rely on to determine what is in the best interests of the children. In New Jersey, when the children reach the age of thirteen, the court may interview them to take into account the views of the children, however, until the children reach the age of sixteen, their views may or may not be taken into account by the court. After the age of sixteen, the court weighs heavily what the children's wishes may be as regards custody and parenting time. If you have a custody and parenting time issue with your children, please call us at 732-390-0480 in our East Brunswick office or at 201-242-1119 in our Fort Lee office for a free consultation regarding your custody issue. Nights and weekends are available.
Nov 18, 2015 @ 12:38 PM — by Michael Green