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What to Know About Child Visitation Rights in New Jersey

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When it comes to child visitation rights, New Jersey courts will always keep the best interest of the child in mind when making its decisions. If you have questions about your child visitation rights, contact Siragusa Law Firm today to speak with our experienced New Jersey family law attorneys. Continue reading to learn more about child visitation rights in New Jersey:

What determines child visitation rights in New Jersey?

Not every family is the same which is why New Jersey courts will consider a wide range of factors when making child visitation determinations. Some of the factors that the court will look into are:

  • If the parent was convicted of domestic abuse
  • If the parent has a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • The overall parental fitness
  • The safety and needs of the child (both physical and emotional)
  • The child’s preference if they are old enough to make an informed decision
  • The parent’s location or schedule
  • The current relationship between the parent and child

If you have questions regarding your current familial situation in regards to child visitation, contact the Siragusa Law Firm today.

How can I obtain child visitation rights in New Jersey?

If a parent does not have legal or physical custody and would like to obtain child visitation rights, they must go through the New Jersey court system. New Jersey courts will always put the best interests of the child at the front of their decisions. If the court finds that a child will not be happy or healthy in the hands of the other parent, they will simply not award them with child visitation.

If you were denied visitation rights, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced attorney to fight for your parental rights.

Why might a parent not have visitation rights?

In the state of New Jersey, courts strive to ensure that both parents are involved in the child’s life. However, in some circumstances, a court may deem a parent unfit. This means that the other parent will likely retain sole custody of the child. Sole custody allows one parent to have total legal and physical custody of the child. The child will live with that parent, and the parent will be making all of the educational, medical, social, and religious decisions on behalf of the child. Even in these circumstances, however, a parent may still be able to obtain child visitation rights.

If you have questions concerning child visitation rights, do not hesitate to contact our experienced family law attorneys.

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