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Grandparents’ Rights in New Jersey

Child custody can be incredibly complicated for all parties involved, including grandparents. Often, during custody disputes, grandparents may attempt to obtain visitation rights to see their grandchildren. So, how does this process work? Read on to learn more.

Who Has Visitation Rights?

Non-parents, such as grandparents, siblings, etc. can ask the court for the right to spend time with a child, even when the child’s parent won’t allow it. As a result, grandparents may have visitation rights, but they will likely have to go through a New Jersey court in order to obtain these rights. This can be a difficult process, so it is best to reach out to a New Jersey family law attorney.

What Does a Court Consider?

Because custody can be complicated, courts take these decisions very seriously. In New Jersey, when making a decision about non-parent/grandparent custody, the court will examine the following factors:

  • The relationship between the child and the applicant
  • The relationship between each of the child’s parents or guradians and the applicant
  • The time which has elapsed since the child last had contact with the applicant
  • The effect that such visitation will have on the relationship between the child and the child’s parents or guardians
  • If the parents are divorced or separated, the time-sharing arrangement which exists between the parents with regard to the child
  • The good faith of the applicant in filing the application
  • Any history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect by the applicant
  • Any other factor relevant to the best interests of the child.

When it comes to custody and visitation, New Jersey courts are working to make a decision that is best for the child in terms of his or her physical and mental health.

How Do I Begin the Process?

If you are interested in obtaining grandparent visitation rights, you should reach out to an experienced family law attorney. An attorney will help you begin the process and walk you through it each step of the way.

If you are a grandparent fighting for visitation rights, contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated family law attorney. We will advocate for you and fight for you obtain the visitation rights you deserve.

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