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Romanowski Law Offices
Divorce, Matrimonial & Family Law

Central Jersey Office
475 Main Street - 2nd Floor
Metuchen, NJ 08840

Jersey Shore Office
402 Higgins Avenue
Brielle, NJ 08730

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Phone: (732) 603-8585
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The Right Family Lawyer for You. At Romanowski Law Offices, our experienced professional staff comes equipped with the experience, knowledge and training it takes to win positive results in New Jersey child custody and parenting time disputes. His unique professional background and experience includes a heavy compliment of training in psychology, as well as considerable experience teaching lawyers and mental health professionals.

Romanowski holds advanced competency certifications in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) (Otto Krueger Associates/Otto Krueger), and is fully qualified to administer the instrument and to provide feedback and analysis to clients regarding personality typology and temperament. He has also successfully completed an intensive 12-week training program provided by The Family Institute of New Jersey in Domestic Violence counseling.

Other post-graduate certifications include Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programing (Grinder-Delozier/John Grinder), Couples Communications (Interpersonal Communications, Inc./Dr. Sherod Miller), Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T./Dr. Thomas Gordon), Team Facilitator/Team Leader Training (Productivity Development Systems/PDS, Inc.) and in Performance Management (Aubrey Daniels Associates). He has also studied with the late medical hypnotist, Milton Erikson, M.D.

As a result, New Jersey Family Lawyer Romanowski is quite familiar and particularly effective in dealing within the exceedingly complicated psychological framework of most New Jersey child custody disputes. Well known to many New Jersey child custody experts, he has the rare ability to work diligently within the child custody evaluation process. This includes the preparation and experience necessary to communicate effectively about child custody issues with clients, witnesses, collateral contacts, child custody experts and, very importantly, with the Judges entrusted with the resolution of the child custody or parenting time disputes.

New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski's enhanced ability to understand and communicate effectively within the context of child and family psychology brings with it a greater ability to effectively examine and cross-examine witnesses in those cases that do make it to trial; particularly the examination and cross-examination of child custody experts and guardians ad litem. His familiarity with the vernacular of psychology and psychometric testing instruments also gives him the ability to transform technical jargon into easily understood terminology, useful in the preparation and delivery of persuasive, winning oral arguments.

New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer Romanowski was also credited with being the first New Jersey Lawyer to successfully obtain a Court Order mandating the audio taping of all custody interviews and related verbal exchanges by the opposing party's child custody expert. The legal brief that he filed in connection with this important New Jersey child custody case was first published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in 1999, "Children, Divorce & Custody: Lawyers & Mental Health Professionals Working Together - A 2-Day Conference."

New Jersey Divorce & Child Custody Attorney Romanowski has been a long-term proponent of the Parenting Coordinator concept, and has published extensively on the subject. On May 26, 2006, he addressed the New Jersey Supreme Court, advancing his thoughts and suggestions on Parenting Coordinators in New Jersey and the proposed Parenting Coordinator Rule of Court. He also provided to the Supreme Court several feature length articles authored by him on the Emerging Role of the Parenting Coordinator, earlier published in The Matrimonial Strategist. Romanowski is on the roster of approved New Jersey Parenting Coordinators, and is available to the pilot programs of all five participating Counties.

What New Jersey Family Law Judges look for in determining child custody.

In making custody determinations, Courts attempt to protect children's "best interests." This standard ensures a child's safety, happiness, physical, mental & moral welfare. Parental wishes will be rejected if inconsistent with the standard.

A number of factors bear upon a determination of what is in a child's best interest:

1. Parents' ability to agree, communicate & cooperate in child-related matters;

2. Parents' willingness to accept custody & any history of unwillingness to allow visitation not based on substantiated abuse;

3. Interactions & relationship of the child with its parents & siblings;

4. History of domestic violence, if any;

5. Safety of child & safety of either parent from physical abuse by other parent;

6. Preference of child, when of sufficient age & capacity to reason, so as to form an intelligent decision;

7. Needs of child;

8. Stability of home environment offered by each parent;

9. Quality and continuity of child's education;

10. Fitness of parents

11. Geographic proximity of parents' homes;

12. Extent & quality of time spent with a child prior to & subsequent to separation;

13. Parents' employment responsibilities; and

14. Number & ages of children.

Certain "informal" factors likewise significantly influence custody determinations:

The most impactful factor is a Courts' interest in identifying one parent who is most likely to put personal differences aside to unselfishly do right by his or her children. Any parent who demonstrates sincere action-based commitment to rise above existing contentions in order to affect amicable resolution of conflicts has an advantage, both within & without the court system. A second important criterion focuses on determining which parent is better suited to encourage & foster an appropriate relationship between child or children & other parent.

Competent counsel from a New Jersey Divorce & Child Custody Attorney, Child Custody Mediator & Parenting Coordinator committed to dealing effectively with complicated legal issues affecting child custody is indispensable. Call or contact us today for immediate assistance with your New Jersey Child Custody or Parenting Time Dispute.

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