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What is Parenting Time?

If you're a New Jersey resident going through a divorce, you may be familiar with the term "visitation." Visitation refers to how children spend time with their parents after a divorce. In New Jersey, this is known as "parenting time." Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp can help go more in-depth on this concept and help parents feel prepared during their divorce.

Parenting Time Arrangements

Parenting time arrangements vary greatly depending on the type of custody agreement established during the divorce. If one parent has sole custody of the child, they will be responsible for making all decisions regarding the child’s care. If there is a shared or joint custody agreement, then parents will reach decisions regarding the child’s care together. This will ultimately impact how parenting time is structured.

In joint parenting arrangements, the child typically spends alternating weeks with each parent. However, there are many different types of joint parenting arrangements, and the specifics will be decided by the court based on what is in the best interests of the child.

Factors Contributing to Parenting Time

Some factors that the court will consider when making a decision about parenting time include:

  • The age of the child

  • The distance between the homes of the parents

  • The work schedules of the parents

  • The child's preference (if the child is old enough to express a preference)

  • The ability of the parents to cooperate with each other

  • Any history of domestic violence

  • Whether either parent has a substance abuse problem

The court may also appoint a psychologist or other expert to evaluate the family and make recommendations about parenting time.

Work With Experienced Attorneys

Parenting time is an important part of divorce proceedings in New Jersey. It's important to understand all of the elements that go into deciding parenting time arrangements, as well as what your options are. If you have any questions about your specific situation, it's best to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate this complex process. The team at Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp is prepared to step in and help with your case.

Contact us today for more information on parenting time at (973) 604-2224.