What Is Parenting Time?
What was once known as visitation is now called parenting time in the New Jersey legal system. This allows non-residential parents who have joint custody to have a continual presence in the life of their child or children. New Jersey courts ask for cooperation from both parents when establishing parenting time schedules and ask both parents to keep in the forefront of their minds the best interests of the children. In addition to established parenting time with the non residential parent, children and parents are encouraged to have frequent communication with each other via phone or other communication method.
What Is Considered In Determining Parenting Time And Custody?
When parenting time and joint custody are established, several factors are taken into consideration. The children's age is a main factor as is geography and the location of both the parents. The geographic location plays a role in determining how often parenting time can occur. Children who have special needs, physical, emotional, or mental, are evaluated on an individual case by case basis and the set up and continuity of parenting time is addressed on an individual basis for those children. If two spouses cannot agree on how to share their parenting time, their lawyers may have to get involved. If it continues to present a problem, even with the presence of NJ Child Custody Lawyers, then a professional in the field of mental health may be called upon to evaluate the situation and make a recommendation to the courts.
Contact Villani & DeLuca, P.C. To Speak With A New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer
Establishing parenting time and custody is one of the hardest parts of going through a divorce. No parent wants to surrender his or her daily presence in the life of their child or children. If you are going through a divorce and need to work with an attorney to help establish or maintain parenting time schedules, or if you are seeking to have that schedule re-evaluated or altered in some way, it is essential that you have an experienced attorney assist you in the process. Villani & DeLuca, P.C., NJ Child Custody Lawyers have been handling these types of cases in the Ocean County and Monmouth County area for many years. We are familiar with New Jersey laws regarding custody and visitation and will work with you and with the court system to ensure that your child still has your presence in his or her life, despite the fact that you and your spouse are divorcing.