Essex County Grandparents’ Rights Attorney
Do Grandparents Have Legal Visitation or Custody Rights in New Jersey?
In a perfect world, grandparents would not need to assert their legal right to visitation or custody of their grandchildren. In a perfect world, all parents and their adult children would get along, and divorce would never happen. However, we don’t live in a perfect world.
The question of what legal rights grandparents may have with regard to their grandchildren is a changing area of family law. In every case where grandparents seek a visitation or custody order, judges make individual rulings based on the facts of that particular family’s circumstances.
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Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in New Jersey
Before a court can determine whether or not a child’s grandparent should have visitation rights, it must look at the following factors:
- The relationship between the child and the grandparent
- The relationship between the child’s parents and the grandparent
- The amount of time since the last time the child saw the grandparent
- The effect that any relationship between the child and grandparent will have on the child’s parents or caregiver
- Any visitation and custody agreements between the child’s parents if they are divorced or separated
- The grandparent’s reasons for filing the application
- Any history of physical, emotional or sexual abuse/neglect by the grandparent
- Any other factor that is relevant to the best interests of the child
Above all, grandparents must show that grandparent visitation is in the child’s best interests. If the grandparent had primary or sole physical custody of the child in the past, the court will likely rule in his or her favor.
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