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

Last Updated: 10/12/2021

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

Legal Assistance

Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jerseyans for their civil legal problems.

For free legal assistance, visit their site or contact their hotline online at and over the phone at 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529).

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.

For additional resources, visit the NJ Courts' self-help resource page and refer to the "Couples and Families" section.