The best interests of the child remains as the “beacon” or guiding principle central to most issues of custody and parenting time.
Establishing or proving where these best interests lie can be both elusive and costly.
The Courts – if they are called upon to decide issues of custody and parenting time – must seek out sources to guide them in their determinations. In such cases, the tendency is for the Courts to send parties first to custody mediation; complimentary or otherwise. The increasing tendency in most New Jersey Counties is for the Courts to do everything possible to discourage custody disputes from going to trial.