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

Last Updated: 05/27/2020

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

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.

You can ask for things like emergency custody, termination of visitation, or temporary prevention of relocation of a child outside of New Jersey. Use the Emergent Application Order to Show Cause and the Model Form for Dissolution, Non-dissolution, and Domestic Violence and email them to the emergent filing mailbox for your county listed below.

Your local court ombudsman is available to answer questions about these and other case types.

NOTE: On June 22, New Jersey Superior and Municipal Courts resumed some in-person court services. A small number of judges and court staff will be working on-site each day. The rest will continue to work remotely to ensure safe distancing can be maintained. Please check with your local court house for the latest updates.

Where to Email Your Emergent Filing:

Source: https://njcourts.gov/selfhelp/emergent.html?lang=eng; https://njcourts.gov/