Visitation refers to time that a non-custodial parent is allowed to spend with his or her child. Courts in New Jersey often use the term "parenting time" so that emphasis is placed on the importance of the parenting role that the non-custodial parent has in the child's life. Visitation is a topic that must be discussed in a divorce when one parent is given sole physical custody. Schedules for visitation spell out the arrangements for allowable visitation time and can be worked out between parents or by the court.
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The state of New Jersey favors shared parental responsibility and frequent contact between the child and both parents.
When sole physical custody is seen as the best option, visitation rights may be awarded based on several factors, including the parents' ability to agree and communicate.
Most importantly, the child's best interest is viewed as the primary concern when deciding visitation and custodial rights. Various types of visitation schedules are available in New Jersey. Parents can agree on one that fits their specific needs and situation. In some circumstances, supervised visitation may be required if the child needs to be protected.
If one parent has failed to follow the specified visitation schedule, penalties can result. A visitation schedule is a court order that must be followed. If a pattern exists in regard to a violation of the visitation schedule, the court will take action to punish the perpetrator.
For example, if the custodial parent denies the other's right to visit the child, the court can transfer custody to the parent who was denied their rights. At the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, LLC, I have experience handling a variety of visitation situations as an East Brunswick child custody lawyer.
Whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, feel free to contact my East Brunswick and Freehold firm today for aggressive representation!