Addressing Visitation And Relocation In New Jersey Child Custody Matters
You and your former spouse have clashed in many areas during your divorce. But one area that remains contentious likely involves your children.
Issues that can come to the forefront include parenting time and visitation, along with relocation if one parent decides to leave New Jersey.
Nearly 30 Years Of Experience
For nearly 30 years, attorney John A. Patti with Patti Family Law has represented clients along the Jersey Shore in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties.
Mr. Patti is knowledgeable and skilled. As a certified matrimonial law attorney in New Jersey, he will negotiate on your behalf. He also is a trial-tested lawyer who will take your case to court.
Factors Courts Consider Regarding Parenting Time
When it comes to parenting time, New Jersey courts encourage both parents to remain involved in their children’s lives. They hope parents can create a visitation schedule they can agree on, but that doesn’t always happen.
When the court steps in, it looks at various factors to determine parenting time such as:
- The stability of each home environment
- The preferences of both the parents and the child
- The willingness of both parents to abide by the parenting plan
- Any domestic violence in the family’s history
- The physical and mental fitness of each parent
- The relationship between the child, parents and rest of the family
Factors Courts Consider In A Relocation Request
In New Jersey, if a child’s custodial parent wants to move out of state, that parent must first obtain permission from the other parent or a court order.
When a court gets involved, it looks at the following factors:
- Whether the move is in the child’s best interest
- The effect the move will have on the child
- The reason for the move
- Why one parent opposes the move
- The livability and opportunities available in the new home or location
- The child’s preference
- Whether the custodial parent will encourage the child to maintain a relationship with the other parent
The best interests of the child will always be a priority in every such case when it comes to child custody issues, including parenting time and relocation. Let us help make the process as smooth as possible for you and your children.
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Attorney John A. Patti in New Jersey’s Monmouth County has nearly 30 years of legal experience. Schedule an initial consultation today to talk in greater detail about your situation and what you hope to accomplish.