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Custody and Parenting Time Agreements

All parents of minor children getting divorced will be required to prepare and submit to the court their plan for custody and parenting time. Generally, the parties will work with a family law attorney to finalize an agreement.  However, if the parties cannot agree to terms for custody or parenting time, the New Jersey Family Court offers one (1) complimentary mediation session to assist the parents in reaching an agreement. Additionally, there are private, family mediators who specialize in custody matters.   

When an agreement is reached or tentatively reached during mediation, a memorandum of understanding will be prepared by the mediator and either signed by the parties or provided to their respective attorneys for further review.  The memorandum will address issues including but not limited to the following:  

  1. Day to day custody and care of the children; 
  2. The type of custody such as physical and legal custody and sole or shared custody;
  3. The weekday and weekend parenting time schedule; 
  4. Summer vacations and school breaks; and 
  5. Holidays and birthdays 

The memorandum of understanding is used to prepare a final and binding agreement between the parties for the custody and visitation rights of the parents going forward. The agreement will be filed with the family court and be incorporated into the parties Marital Settlement Agreement.  

About DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law

DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

Erin D. DeGeorge
Erin D. DeGeorge joined DeTorres & DeGeorge, LLC as partner to the firm in June of 2010. Prior to joining DeTorres & DeGeorge, Erin was associated with the national firm of Fox Rothschild LLP and Cutler, Simeone, Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, LLC...
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