A Note From Brad Micklin
Custody cases can get tricky, which is why you need a strong advocate by your side helping you make the right decisions for you and your children. As a dedicated divorce attorney for over 20 years, my practice focuses on men’s complex custody issues like parental alienation and custodial interference. I have handled all of the intricacies of New Jersey custody laws and always fight for your rights as a father; particularly where it comes to your relationship with your kids.
Men’s Complex Custody Issues: Can Fathers Get Custody?
I have thankfully noticed the era of mothers automatically receiving sole legal and physical custody of the children is ending. Fathers, like you, in New Jersey (and nationwide) are winning custody cases at an unprecedented rate, which is heartening news for many men like you. I understand that your bond with your children is precious and always worth fighting for. As your attorney, I will sift through the complexities of your case to develop an action plan and advocate for a successful outcome whether you want sole, equal, joint or residential custody. Sometimes complex custody cases involve one parent moving out of state (relocation)—a scenario I’m more than familiar with. Most of my clients come to me in a state of panic; wondering “Will my ex take my kids? Will she gain full custody of our kids?” I can assure you chances are better now than ever that you get custody. Additionally, I will advocate for your rights to see your kids as often as you choose to, and negotiate terms that align with your work, travel, and holiday schedule schedule.
Historically, gender bias toward women plays a large role in the discrepancy of parental custody rulings. In many scenarios, you might feel like you may get the short end of the stick simply because you are a man; the dad. If you are actively engaged in your children’s lives, the courts should respect that. From the beginning of our relationship, we will state your intent to have shared or full custody of your children. When it comes to custody cases, judges work toward rendering a decision that is in the best interests of the child or children, not always the parents. It’s becoming more and more common for judges to see the value that you bring to the lives of your children…not just the mother. It’s common for friends and family to provide advice on custody issues, but I urge you not to listen. I’ve found that all cases are unique in their own respect, so a strategy that worked for your neighbor might be ineffective for you.
If you and your spouse are on good terms, the process of seeking custody goes much more smoothly. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Either way, I’m here to advocate for your interests as a father who wants to spend maximum time with his children.
Resources for You
When representing clients involved in difficult family legal matters, Brad makes sure he takes as much time as each client needs to discuss concerns, hopes and fears. From there, he tailors his services to match overarching goals and budgets. He also offers his time, articles and other resources to continually teach his clients about the law, even after representation is over. He even holds client dinners and other events.
“I am a Police Officer for Essex County New Jersey. I was having a custody battle with my 5-year-old child’s mother who was moving out of the state. I needed a lawyer who focused on domestic issues in a fair and impartial manner. Brad Micklin represented me and helped me get joint custody, reduce child support and dropped all false charges thrown at me by the child’s mom. I am living proof that if not for Mr. Brad Micklin, I would not be employed as a Police Officer today.” – Albert P.
FAQ: Men’s Complex Custody Issues
In New Jersey, custody takes two forms: legal and physical. Depending on the age of your children, there are many factors that contribute to the time you will spend with your children including the emotional and physical environment in which they would be, safety, moral atmosphere, mental and physical health of you and your spouse, the children’s age, what your child wants, your relationship with your spouse, ability to care for your children, and more.