It can be a very trying time for parents who have been denied child visitation. However, before making any decisions about which steps to take in response, New Jersey parents who are prohibited from seeing their children should first understand why the court has taken away their visitation rights. They should then explore all of their legal options.
The family courts do not regularly issue complete denials of child visitation, but will do so if there is a concern that visitation safety may be compromised. Child visitation may be denied if the visit may present an emotional or physical threat to the wellbeing of the children.
Some parents may be ordered to complete certain requirements before regular visitations can take place again. These requirements may include going to parenting classes, receiving treatment for drugs or alcohol or participating in an anger management program. When parents are issued these sorts of requirements, it is wise for the parents to fulfill the requirements as soon as possible to show the courts that they truly desire to start spending regular time with their children again.
In many cases, instead of completely denying child visitation, the courts may require that the visitations be supervised. Parents who are to have supervised visits should not automatically assume that they will have a say in the location of the visits or who will act in the supervisory role.
Establishing boundaries and expectations is vital when determining the terms of supervised visits. The parent in question should find out how long each visit will be, where the visits will occur and who can act as the supervisor.
A family law attorney may protect the rights of parents who want to address child custody issues, such as the denial of visitation rights. The attorney might also advise clients about what legal avenues should be considered to get their visitation rights restored.