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Katrina VItale, Esquire
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Woodbury, NJ 08096
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The Court is required by law to consider the following factors when deciding which custodial arrangement serves the best interest of the child:
1. The parents' ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child;
2. The parents' willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time not based on substantiated abuse;
3. The interaction and relationship of the child with its parents and siblings;
4. The history of domestic violence, if any;
5. The safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent;
6. The preference of the child when of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent decision;
7. The needs of the child; the stability of the home environment offered;
8. The quality and continuity of the child's education;
9. The fitness of the parents;
10. The geographical proximity of the parents' homes;
11. The extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or subsequent to the separation;
12. The parents' employment responsibilities; and
13. The age and number of the children.

N.J.S.A. 9:2-4c.


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