Grandparent Visitation

Grandparent Visitation Lawyers Based in East Brunswick

New Jersey case law and statutes establish certain circumstances where grandparents can and should have visitation time with their grandchildren.  There are circumstances when visitation may even arise to the level of custody of the child.

 

A careful consideration of the factors associated with such requests is necessary, and having qualified legal counsel to navigate the legal process is important. Our grandparent visitation attorneys are qualified to assist you.  Establishing and maintaining your relationship with a grandchild may require court intervention. It is important to act sooner than later to protect your position in court.

If you are seeking grandparenting time, the New Jersey child custody attorneys at Arndt, Sutak & Miceli can help. We have decades of combined experience providing legal services for families throughout New Jersey.

Determining Grandparent Visitation and Grandparent's Rights

A family law court may consider the following factors in determining grandparent visitation:

  1. The relationship between the child and the applicant;
  2. The relationship between each of the child’s parents or the person with whom the child is residing and the applicant;
  3. The time which has elapsed since the child last had contact with the applicant;
  4. The effect that such visitation will have on the relationship between the child and the child’s parents or the person with whom the child is residing;
  5. If the parents are divorced or separated, the time sharing arrangement which exists between the parents with regard to the child;
  6. The good faith of the applicant in filing the application;
  7. Any history of physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect by the applicant; and
  8. Any other factor relevant to the best interests of the child.

Grandparent Visitation Considerations

The grandparent visitation statute is not a custody statute, but rather a visitation statute. There certainly may be circumstances when it is appropriate for grandparents to not only seek visitation but to also seek custody of their grandchildren.  Multigenerational households are becoming more common and grandparents now may be far more involved in child rearing than just merely visiting on holidays and birthdays.

Emotions are often high during grandparent visitation cases. At the heart of grandparent visitation and grandparents’ rights cases remains the best interests of the children involved. With so many aspects of your grandchild’s future dependent on the outcome of your court proceedings, decisions regarding grandparent visitation must be handled professionally and with the child’s best interests in mind.

Establishing a Grandparent Visitation Schedule

At Arndt, Sutak & Miceli, LLC, our New Jersey grandparent visitation and grandparents’ rights attorneys personalize their representation to your needs and the unique aspects of your situation. With our help, you can find a favorable resolution to your dispute. We will work closely to provide you personalized attention focused on the needs of the child and the desires of the grandparents involved. We also work to protect the interests of parents when they find themselves in receipt of a request for grandparent visitation.  No matter what side of this issue you are on, our New Jersey grandparent visitation attorneys can help negotiate a peaceful resolution.

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