New Jersey law allows for joint or sole custody. In cases where one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent is entitled to parenting time. The following is an explanation of visitation rights in New Jersey and how you can make the most of your time with your children:
Establishing a Parenting Plan
A parenting plan can be created by the courts or worked out by the parents. It is usually best if you and your former partner are able to work together and reach an agreement on the details.
Relation to Child Support
New Jersey law does not allow the custodial parent to withhold parenting time due to nonpayment of child support. At the same time, noncustodial parents are required to pay child support regardless of issues with the other parent about visitation rights.
Depending on the relationship with your former spouse, you may be able to resolve miscommunications or problems with parenting time issues between the two of you. However, if you are unable to resolve your issues with the other parent, New Jersey law allows you to file an incident report or criminal complaint for visitation interference.
To make your visitation time positive, be flexible about your schedule but make visitation a normal part of you and your children’s lives. You may not be on the best terms with your former partner, but you should not interfere with the children’s relationship with the other parent. Enjoy your time together and try to make the most of it by focusing on your children.
Do you have questions about child custody and visitation in New York or New Jersey? At The Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer, we practice family law and are dedicated to helping you resolve custody and visitation issues. We will get to know you, your child, and your situation to help you get the results you need. Call (201) 383-2185 to schedule a consultation with a family lawyer.