What to Know About Parenting Time in New Jersey
If your former spouse has been granted sole custody of the child you share together, you may be seeking information regarding parenting time. Continue reading to learn how parenting time is determined in New Jersey. If you have any further questions regarding parenting time, contact The Law Offices of Katherine K. Wagner today.
If a New Jersey court is given reason to believe that a former spouse is unfit to perform their parental duties, the court may grant the other parent sole custody. The parent with sole custody will have both legal and residential custody. New Jersey may offer parenting time to the parent who does not hold sole custody. This spouse will have to apply for a parenting time schedule if they can demonstrate their ability to have a consistent and positive relationship with their child.
New Jersey courts will determine parenting time by considering the following factors:
New Jersey courts will always keep the child’s best interest as the basis for their decision regarding parenting time.
There are three potential outcomes when a parent applies for parenting time in New Jersey.
First, the application may be denied if the court determines it is in the child’s best interest to not spend time with the parent.
Second, the court may grant the parent a supervised schedule of parenting time. This may occur if the parent is known for having issues in the past, such as a drug or alcohol addiction. Please note that, if the supervised parenting time goes well and there is no harm to the child, the non-custodial parent may be granted unsupervised or longer periods of time with the child.
Lastly, the court may grant the parent unsupervised parenting time when the parent is capable of providing their child with a safe and healthy environment.
Do not face complex divorce and family law matters alone. With over 25 years of experience, the Law Offices of Katherine K. Wagner is dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and skill your case deserves. We will fight to protect your rights, your financial security, and your children. Contact the Law Offices of Katherine K. Wagner today for a consultation.
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