Resources & Support for New Jersey Child Custody Cases

Don't go through the child custody process on your own. Even if you can't afford an attorney, there are many places you can turn to for help throughout your custody journey.

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In-depth guides

Use the following to shepherd you and your family through the custody process.

Court resources

For specific information on court procedures, contact your county's superior court.

The New Jersey Courts website has a self-help divorce guide and many of the forms you'll need to open a custody case. Contact the Superior Court ombudsman for all other paperwork.

Parenting Time: A Child's Right offers guidance on how to make a parenting plan and handle parenting time issues.

Legal assistance

Low-income parents may qualify for free representation. They can apply through NJ court pro bono services or a legal services office.

For parents of all income levels, some county bar associations have a lawyer referral service.

Self-representing parents can go to the New Jersey State Library to access case files and other materials that can help them prepare legal arguments for court. You can find child custody laws in Title 9 of the New Jersey Statutes.

Help for victims of domestic violence and child abuse

The New Jersey Courts website includes a self-help page for domestic violence victims with instructions on applying for a restraining order and other helpful information.

The New Jersey State Police site details legal actions abuse victims can take to protect themselves.

The Department of Children and Families has resources for children and other abuse victims, including hotlines to report abuse and therapy programs for victims.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey provides guidance on how to report child abuse and offers seminars that educate parents on ways to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Supervision services

If your custody order requires supervised visitation, New Jersey's Supervised Visitation Program has a list of supervision coordinators for you by county.

Child support services

New Jersey's Department of Human Services handles child support. Through the department's child support portal, you can find out how to establish paternity, start a support case and modify an order.

Our professional sources

For more help, consider reaching out to one of our sources. The people and offices listed below have helped us with the intricacies of child custody in New Jersey, and we hope they can help you, too.

Andrew M. Wolfenson, Esq.
Union, NJ

Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq.
Manalapan, NJ

Michael S. Rothmel, Esq.
Mt. Holly, NJ

Rita Polonsky, Esq.
Audubon, NJ

Ruvolo Law Group
Sandra N. Lomenzo, Esq.
Morristown, NJ

Shane & White, LLC
Kenneth A. White, Esq.
Edison, NJ

Theodore Sliwinski, Esq.
East Brunswick, NJ

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