One of the most difficult things about a divorce is that when the divorcing couple has children, there are a lot more people impacted than just the couple itself. There may be some instances in which one of the parents or other extended family members lose access to a child simply because of the way a custody arrangement worked out. That being said, New Jersey feels that it is beneficial for the child to be able to maintain positive family relationships, even after a divorce. However, there are unfortunate cases where some family members are denied visitation rights to a child because they do not qualify, no matter how close the child is with that relative.
If a parent refuses to allow the child to see certain family members, they may wonder if they can request an order for visitation through the New Jersey family court system. It is important to note that this is only applicable to the child’s other parent, grandparents, and siblings. Other family members such as uncles, aunts, cousins, and step-siblings may not be able to seek visitation rights in New Jersey. That being said, sometimes, these family members may be able to seek custody of the child if they are able to prove that they are the “psychological parent.”
If you need help requesting visitation with a child in your life, contact our firm today.
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