Child Custody

New Jersey Statutes Annotated 9:2-4(c) sets forth the factors which the Court must consider in determining child custody. They are the following:
 
  1.  the parents' ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child;
 
  2.  the parents' willingness to accept custody and any history of any unwillingness to allow parenting time not based on substantiated abuse;
 
  3.  the interaction and relationship of the child and its parents and siblings;
 
  4.  the history of domestic violence, if any;
 
  5.  the safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent;
 
  6.  the preference of the child, when of sufficient age and capacity, to reason so as to form an intelligent decision:
 
  7.  the needs of the child;
 
  8.  the stability of the home environment offered;
 
  9.  the quality and continuity of the child's education;
 
10.  the fitness of the parents, but a parent shall not be deemed to be unfit unless the parent's conduct  has a substantial adverse effect on the child;
 
11.  the geographical proximity of the parents' homes;
 
12.  the extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or subsequent to the separation;
 
13.  the parents' employment responsibilities;
 
14.  the ages and the number of the children;
 
15.  other factors as may appear to be relevant and appropriate.