Establish or Change a Child Visitation/Parenting Time Agreement
W hen a parent does not have physical custody after a separation, he or she may be granted visitation/parenting time rights to spend time with their child. Tournour Law of East Brunswick, NJ has helped resolve child visitation/parenting time disputes fairly and reasonably for more than 15 years. Let us help you defuse a charged situation and reach a child parenting time agreement. We can help you navigate the emotionally charged atmosphere of a separation or divorce while protecting your children’s best interests. Whether you want to handle your case in court or through mediation, we can assist you every step of the way.
Child Visitation/Parenting Time in New Jersey
There are three categories of visitation/parenting time rights for non-custodial parents in New Jersey:
- Reasonable Visitation/Parenting Time: When the custodial and non-custodial parent can communicate amicably and openly, reasonable visits can be agreed upon ad hoc and without legal intervention. Both parents must agree to the visitation times, durations, and locations. In this situation, a schedule does not need to be set in advance.
- Fixed Visitation/Parenting Time: In these cases, the days, times, location, and length of the visits must adhere to a schedule. Fixed visitation is often necessary when the custodial and non-custodial parents do not have an amicable relationship.
- Supervised Visitation/Parenting Time: For cases in which the non-custodial parent has a history of substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, or neglect, supervised visits can ensure safe interaction. A court-appointed third party must be present for all visits. This individual is usually a relative or social worker.
At Tournour Law, we can help you make changes to your parenting time plan, and demonstrate to the court that changes to your parenting schedule serve the best interests of the parents and children.
How Is a Child Visitation/Parenting Time Plan Created?
Since both parents play an important role in a child’s life, New Jersey courts prefer frequent contact and shared parental responsibility, and will make sure the non-custodial parent is allotted the maximum time appropriate for the situation.
Factors that play a role in determining a visitation/parenting time plan may include:
- How well the parents can communicate, cooperate, and work together in the best interests of the child
- How well the parents can accept and cooperate with prior visitation plans or court decisions
- The quality and extent of time spent with the child before and during the separation
- The geographical distance between each parent’s residence and place of employment, as well as the child’s school
- Each parent’s work and domestic responsibilities
- The number of children and relationship between the parents and children
- Whether the parent has a history of child abuse, violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or any other factors that may affect the emotional and physical well-being of the child
- The preferences of the child, and his or her reasons for that preference
- Any special needs of the parent or child
How to Modify Your Child Visitation/Parenting Time Plan
There are a number of reasons why you may need to make changes to your visitation/parenting time plan. These can include a new home, a new job, or changes in the child’s schedule. When both parents agree to suggest a new custody or parenting time plan, a consent order can be drafted to outline the changes. If only one parent wishes to change the custody or parenting time plan, a court motion demonstrating a change in circumstances will be needed.
At Tournour Law, we can help you make changes to your visitation/parenting time plan, and demonstrate to the court that changes to your parenting schedule serve the best interests of the parents and children. Parents may be forced to pay fines for failing to follow a parenting time schedule, so it is always in your best interest to consult a family law attorney if you need to make a change.
Contact New Jersey Visitation/Parenting Time Lawyer, Frank Tournour
We have helped many clients navigate family law in the state of New Jersey. We can help you receive or enforce parenting time rights, as well as make changes to your parenting time schedule. Contact our law offices today at 732-418-9772, or visit us online to schedule a consultation.