What You Need to Know About Child Visitation Rights in New Jersey

When children are involved in a divorce, it can add more weight and heartbreak to an already devastating time. New Jersey courts have always aimed to make their decisions based on the best interests of the child. If you have questions or concerns regarding child visitation rights, it is recommended that you retain an experienced New Jersey family law attorney to discuss your options. At Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC, we understand the importance of positive familial relationships, and we strive to protect them in court battles.

What role does sole custody play in child visitation rights in New Jersey?

In most situations, parents will have a joint custody and visitation structure that best serves the interests of the child and works most effectively in maintaining a positive familial environment. However, in more rare cases, one parent might be deemed unfit to parent their child by the court. In a circumstance like this, the other parent may be awarded sole legal and physical custody of the child.

Despite one parent having sole custody of the child, New Jersey courts recognize the importance of having both parents in a child’s life. This is why visitation rights may be awarded. If the parent is not found fit enough to have one-on-one time with their child, the court will grant supervised visits.

How do I begin the child visitation process?

If you are a non-custodial parent and would like to have access to your child, you will have to file an application for visitation through the court. Additionally, if you are a noncustodial sibling or grandparent, you may be able to gain access from the court as well. If the application is approved, the court will pass an order that will require all parties to abide by it.

If you would like to draft an order for visitation, contact our law firm to assist you through this process.

Can I use mediation?

Sometimes, family members may be able to work through familial disputes regarding child visitation without the intervention of the court and the legal fees that come with it. With a neutral third party, parents may be able to understand their circumstances and offer to prove their ability to earn child visitation rights. Ultimately, mediation can be a great way to come to a positive conclusion for the parents and the child.

If you are interested in learning about mediation and child visitation, contact Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC today to speak with one of our legal experts.

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