What to Know About Grandparents’ Rights in New Jersey

Sometimes during custody disputes, grandparents may attempt to obtain visitation rights to see their grandchildren. To learn more about grandparents’ rights in New Jersey and the process to expect if you are looking to obtain visitation rights as a grandparent, continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey family law attorney. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this process, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give our firm a call.

Who has visitation rights?

Non-parents can ask the court for the right to spend time with a child. This includes grandparents and siblings. Grandparents may have visitation rights and will likely have to go through a New Jersey court in order to obtain these rights. If you are planning on taking these steps, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced New Jersey family law attorney.

What do New Jersey courts consider when making decisions regarding grandparents’ rights?

The court will examine the following factors when making a decision about non-parent/grandparent custody:

  • 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
  • The effect that such visitation will have on the relationship between the child and the child’s parents or guardians
  • The relationship between the child and the applicant
  • The relationship between each of the child’s parents or guardians and the applicant
  • The time which has elapsed since the child last had contact with the applicant
  • Any history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect by the applicant
  • Any other factor relevant to the best interests of the child

New Jersey courts will always consider the best interest of the child when making decisions regarding custody and visitation.

How can I begin this process?

It is important that you retain the services of a dedicated and skilled family law attorney if you are interested in obtaining grandparent visitation rights. Your attorney will help you to begin this process and will provide you with the legal counsel you require each step of the way. If you are a grandparent fighting for visitation rights, contact our firm today to schedule your initial consultation with our team.

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Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.