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?
You may 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 are getting custody at an unprecedented rate, which is heartening news for many men like you. Your bond with your children is precious and always worth fighting for.
As your attorney, we will first determine whether you want sole, equal, join, or residential custody. Next, we will discuss the process, necessary witnesses and proof to provide and whether any experts will be needed. Then, together we will fight to get you custody.
You may be facing a parent who is moving out of state (relocation) – a scenario I’m more than familiar with. You may be panicking, wondering “Will my ex take my kids? Will she gain full custody of our kids?” I can assure you your chances are better now than ever that you get custody.
If you agree to let the children move, I will advocate or your rights to see your kids as often as you choose to, and negotiate terms that align with your work, travel, and holiday schedule.
What Our Clients Say
“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.
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. 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.
You will find friends and family offering advice on custody issues, but I urge you not to listen too closely. Your case is unique, so a strategy that worked for your neighbor might be ineffective for you.
If you and your spouse are on good terms, the process goes much more smoothly. Unfortunately, that’s not usually the case. Either way, I’m here to fight for your rights as a father who wants to spend as much time with his children as possible.
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.
Type of Client: Client was faced with a motion for sole custody.
Client’s Issue: He did not want to lose custody of his son and have no say in future decisions regarding the child.
Our Approach: Filed a motion to dismiss as there were no merits to the claim.
Result: Our motion was granted, and the mother’s motion was dismissed. The Court found there was no genuine issue in dispute and held that the law favors having both parents equally involved in a child’s life.
Type of Client: Client was concerned that the mother was beginning to alienate the child. The child was acting out before visits and refusing to go.
Client’s Issue: He wanted to stop the alienation and regain uninterrupted parenting time.
Our Approach: We had the client begin saving his email communications into several different internal email folders labeled “drop off problems”, “missed parenting time”, and “co-parenting problems.” He did this for several months so that each inbox contained a long history detailing each specific issue. We were then able to compile a chronology from each of these folders to present the alienation with clarity and written proof to the judge.
Result: Court found there was interference and ordered reunification therapy. The judge also admonished the mother regarding her conduct and advised her that she could lose custody in the future if it persisted.
Type of Client: A father was faced with his 3rd motion to change custody in a 3-year period.
Client’s Issue: He was afraid he would lose custody and he wanted to find a way to prevent from filing in the future.
Our Approach: We told him there is, unfortunately, no way to stop the other parent from filing, but he could try to discourage her by seeking to have her pay legal fees. However, we told him it was unlikely he would get his fees covered because judges rarely grant legal fees even though the law supports it in cases like his. We advised him that he didn’t need an attorney because we felt certain this motion would be denied just like the others. He hired us anyway.
Result: The motion was dismissed and our client was awarded nominal legal fees.
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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.