What to Know About Grandparents’ Rights and Visitation in NJ

A divorce is a complicated process with many factors and matters that require resolutions. In many divorces, child custody is one of the most critical matters that need resolving. This may lead siblings and grandparents to get involved if they are denied visitation rights by a parent. To learn more about this process and grandparents’ rights in New Jersey, continue reading and reach out to our New Jersey family law attorney.

What is a visitation order?

When family members such as siblings or grandparents are denied visitation rights, a vision order allows them to ask the court to intervene. The goal of all New Jersey courts is to meet the needs of the child and to focus on their best interests. New Jersey courts’ goal is to ensure the child is surrounded by positive family relationships and to keep their standard of life similar to what it was before the divorce. This is why grandparents and siblings have the right to apply independently for visitation rights. However, it is not enough to simply have a blood relation to the child to warrant visitation rights. You will have to prove that visitation is in the child’s best interest.

What do New Jersey courts consider when determining visitation?

Courts will consider the following factors when determining visitation in New Jersey:

  • The good faith of the applicant
  • The relationship between the guardian or parent and the applicant
  • The bond between the child and applicant
  • If these visitation rights will have a positive or negative effect on the child
  • The time that has passed since the last contact with the child
  • If the parents are divorced or separated: the time-sharing arrangement which exists between the parents regarding the child
  • Any history or indication that the applicant may pose a danger to the child
  • Any other factor relevant to the court

How can I begin the process?

To begin this process, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced New Jersey family law attorney who will assist you in going through the court to obtain visitation rights. If you have been denied visitation rights as a grandparent, reach out to our firm today to learn more about our services and how we can advocate for you and your family. Our firm wants each of our clients to achieve the best possible resolution for their legal matters.

Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Firm

Graves Andrews, LLC is an experienced Morris County family law & criminal defense law firm serving all of New Jersey. Contact Graves Andrews, LLC to schedule an initial consultation to learn more about our services and how we can assist your upcoming legal process. Reach out to our experienced attorneys today to get started.