Legal Information: New Jersey
Updated: November 10, 2022
What is custody?
Custody is the legal responsibility for the care and control of your minor child under 18. There are two types of custody: legal and physical.
Although it is not clearly defined in New Jersey statutes, legal custody usually refers to the right to make major decisions about your child. Some types of decisions generally included in the right of legal custody are:
- where your child goes to school;
- whether your child gets surgery; and
- what kind of religious training your child receives.
Physical custody refers to who your child lives with on a day-to-day basis. It is the physical care and supervision of your child.1
1 N.J. Stat. § 2A:34-54
WomensLaw serves and supports all survivors, no matter their sex or gender.
© 2008–2023 WomensLaw.org is a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Inc. All rights reserved. This website is funded in part through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). NNEDV is a 501©(3) non-profit organization; EIN 52-1973408.