86 N.J. 480 (1981)

432 A.2d 63


The Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Decided July 2, 1981.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Howard Stern argued the cause for plaintiff-appellant (Stern, Steiger, Croland & Bornstein, attorneys; Howard Stern, of counsel; Myra T. Peterson, on the briefs).

Carol Eisenberg argued the cause for defendant-respondent (Rose, Poley & DeFuccio, attorneys).

James B. Boskey and Howard P. Danzig submitted a brief on behalf of amicus curiae, Seton Hall Law School, Family Law Clinic.

The opinion of the Court was delivered by CLIFFORD, J.

The parties to this matrimonial action have been granted joint legal and physical custody of their two adopted female children. Although neither party requested joint custody, the trial court nevertheless found such an arrangement to be in the best interests of the children.1 On appeal by defendant-wife, the Appellate Division found in her favor, reversing and remanding the joint custody...

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