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Common Mistakes a Stay-At-Home Parent Makes When Seeking Custody

There are several things you must keep in mind if you are a stay-at-home parent that is trying to obtain child custody. Continue reading and reach out to our Morris County, NJ child custody attorneys today.

Introducing a New Partner Into the Family Home

When going through a divorce and a custody battle as a stay-at-home parent, you will want to ensure that any new partner is not brought into your family home. Also, you will want to make sure that you are not bringing your new partner into your child’s life during this time. This is because the court and your child may find that you are trying to replace your former spouse. Furthermore, if you have formed a new relationship since you and your partner have separated and you bring your partner around your family home, the court may negatively interpret this and find it damaging to your child’s best interests.

Remaining Unemployed

A step in the right direction would be to obtain a job that is outside of your stay-at-home parental role. By staying unemployed, the court can consider this as you being unwilling to take on the financial responsibilities needed to provide the proper care for your child.  Furthermore, remaining jobless can support your former spouses’ case by demonstrating that you will be relying exclusively on support for you and your child to live. If you can provide your own income, you will be showing the court that you are financially responsible and are serious about having custody of your child.

Refusing Visitation

Withholding visitation can harshly impact your ability to retain custody. It is best to consult with a family law attorney if you worry that your child will not be returned to you. You may also want to file an action for custody and child support. Reach out to our firm today to discuss the specifics of your case and learn about your next steps.

Neglecting to Hire an Attorney

You should not have to go through a custody battle or a divorce alone. Our skilled legal team is dedicated to ensuring that you have the support you need in and outside of the courtroom. Our skilled Morris County, NJ child custody attorneys. will be able to provide you with the representation you need to achieve your child custody goals. Reach out to us today.


At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, LLC, our seasoned divorce and family law attorneys ensure that through the process of resolving your family matter, you feel empowered, not overwhelmed. Providing unwavering support, undivided attention, and unflinching advocacy, our team invests in your cause, working tirelessly to pave your path toward a brighter tomorrow. If you need an experienced legal team to guide you through your divorce, contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C today.