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How Can a Parent Regain Custody of a Child in New Jersey?

Our firm understands how challenging it can be for a parent that has lost custody of their child. To learn more about what you can do to regain custody, continue reading and reach out to our skilled Morris County NJ child custody attorneys today.

How can a parent lose custody of a child?

There are many reasons a parent may lose custody of their child. Some of the most common ways include:

  • Child Abuse: When making a child custody decision, the court must consider any history of abuse by the parent against any children the parent is affiliated with. Child abuse is usually apparent through indications like bruises, cuts, scars, and other visible marks. Child abuse can be induced by a parent’s anger issues or it can be the consequence of inappropriate sexual contact caused by the parent.
  • A History of Drug and/or Alcohol Use: Family law courts will consider any regular or persisted illegal use of controlled substances, alcohol, or even the standard or chronic abuse of prescribed controlled substances negatively and will more likely than not change custody arrangements because of that.
  • Domestic Violence or Spousal Abuse: Child custody orders must also take into account any history of abuse against the other parent. If you have ever experienced domestic violence against the parent within the last five years, a “rebuttable presumption” will occur which suggests that joint or sole custody of the children will be harmful to the children’s best interests.

It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today if you lost custody of your child as a result of any of the above situations. Do not wait to contact us today to discuss the details of your case and to learn more about your legal options.

How can I regain custody of my child?

If you lost custody of your child, there are a number of steps you should take to potentially get them reinstated by a California family court judge. If you can, be sure to take the following steps:

  • Look into the details of where it all went wrong
  • Contact a skilled family attorney
  • Take any contingency actions
  • Request a child custody re-evaluation
  • Take note of the court’s requests
  • Be patient
  • Consider other options to sole custody
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment for your children
  • Drive safely
  • Examine your contact list


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.