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What are Some Common Parenting Time Issues in New Jersey?

When it comes to two parents sharing custody of their child, there are inevitable obstacles that arise. It is critical to understand the two most common parenting time issues and what your options are. Do not hesitate to contact our experienced New Jersey family law attorneys to discuss your case and learn more.

What are the two most common parenting time issues for parents who are sharing custody?

It is important to note the two most common ways in which issues can arise with parenting time. They are as follows:

1. If one parent denies the other parent access to the child.

This issue is one of the most recognized custody issues and concerns one parent that is trying to keep the other parent from having any time with the child at all. Despite there being a custody arrangement in place, parents have been seen going against that order and to try and deny the other parent access.

Examples of this might include a parent canceling visitation or cutting time short with the kids. Parents also may put the blame for their actions on their child, by saying that the child does not want to see the other parent.

If you believe that you have been denied access to your child, it is important that you document what is occurring. You may also need to attend court to ask for enforcement to see their child. Do not hesitate to contact our firm today to obtain a dedicated family law attorney on your side.

2. If one parent does not show up for their parenting time.

In some cases, parents who are awarded shared custody do not actually want to spend time with their child, but would rather just have the satisfaction of “winning” the custody battle. Because of this, a parent may not show up for their child custody time or visitation time, which can burden the other parent. One parent may need to make spur-of-the-moment childcare arrangements, miss work, or cancel plans.

If you are a parent that cannot rely on your child’s other parent to show up for their parenting time or attend visitation time, you should document each cancellation, and retain the services of an experienced family lawyer. The court may be able to modify your custody order to match the irregularity of your child’s other parent’s visitation.


At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.