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What can I do if I’m having child custody issues?

Last Updated: 06/09/2021

If you are unable to come to an agreement or settle the issue on your own, try seeking mediation.

If legal action is required, visit the NJ Courts' self-help resource page and refer to the "Couples and Families" section.

If immediate and permanent harm will occur if your case isn't heard immediately, you can file your family case as an emergent matter through the State's court system. To learn more, visit the NJ Courts' emergent matters page or contact your local court ombudsman for questions.

NOTE: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, a small number of judges and court staff are working on-site each day. State court locations are not yet open to the public without an appointment except in emergencies and other limited situations. You do not need an appointment to seek a domestic violence restraining order at a county courthouse. Contact your local courthouse.