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The Best Interest of the Child Must Remain the Goal of Custody and Parenting Time Determinations

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Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, recently participated in the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section’s seminar, “Would Equal Physical Custody Elevate a Parent’s Desires Over the Child’s Best Interests?” at the NJSBA 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.  A past chair of the NJSBA Family Law Section, she was part of a panel discussing whether equal physical custody between parents elevates a parent’s desires over the fundamental underpinning of custody, which is a child’s best interest, by reviewing social science and human conflict need to determine whether exactly equal physical custody is appropriate.

Based on the topic, Jeralyn, along with the help of our Matrimonial & Family Law Associate Ashley E. Edwards, has written a white paper for you available here!

For more information about the event, view our news post, “Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak on Child Custody at NJSBA 2018 Annual Meeting & Convention.”  If you have any questions or concerns about this blog post or any other matrimonial/family law matter, please feel free to contact Jeralyn at or Ashley at