Bergen County Grandparent Rights Attorney
If you are trying to learn more about New Jersey’s grandparent’s rights laws, it is likely that your family situation is causing you serious stress and maybe a little heartache. At Arons & Solomon, our compassionate Bergen County grandparent rights attorneys have been helping families resolve their disputes since 1994.
If your grandchild’s parents are denying visitation, or if you feel like your grandchild is in an unsafe environment, we understand you may want to get started quickly. We offer a free consultation, so reach out to our Bergen County, NJ law offices today and tell us what’s going on in your case.
How Can Arons & Solomon Help Me in My Grandparent Custody or Visitation Case?
The accomplished Bergen County divorce lawyers at Arons & Solomon have over 150 years of collective experience practicing family law. When you need a family law attorney, it’s comforting to know that our compassionate Bergen County, NJ, grandparent rights lawyers each have over 20 years of practice. Whether you are seeking visitation or child custody, we can help.
When you create an attorney-client relationship, you want to know that you can trust your attorney to provide the highest level of representation and much more than just legal advice.
If you entrust your family law case to Arons & Solomon, here’s what you can expect:
- Personalized representation. We maintain a selective caseload to make sure that we have the resources to provide personalized representation to each client. You will speak to an attorney when you call Arons & Solomon and we will make sure you are aware of any new developments in your case.
- Evidence-based strategy. Family law cases can be emotional and the facts involved can create the potential for conflict. At Arons & Solomon, we gather the evidence to avoid unnecessary conflict created by making allegations that cannot be proven.
- Expert analysis. When grandparents are seeking visitation, whether parents are divorced or separated, or were never married, they may object to the grandparent visitation. To prove to the court that grandparent visitation is in the best interests of the child, we may need to work with New Jersey’s leading experts in substance abuse, mental health, or other specialties.
- Compassionate mediation and aggressive litigation. We balance the need for family unity and our client’s desired outcome with a two-fold approach. We do our best to settle cases amicably through negotiation or mediation. When that doesn’t work, we are prepared to put forth strong evidence and assertive legal arguments to achieve our client’s optimal outcome.
Our experience, familiarity with New Jersey law, and our compassionate representation set us apart at Arons & Solomon. Reach out to our law office today to get started with your case.
Overview of New Jersey Grandparent’s Rights Law
You may be wondering “Do grandparents have rights in New Jersey?” and the answer is: yes. New Jersey’s grandparent visitation statute sets out eight (8) factors for courts to consider when a grandparent files a motion seeking visitation with their grandchild.
- The relationship between the child and the grandparent
- The relationship between each of the child’s parents or the person with whom the child is residing and the grandparent;
- The time which has elapsed since the child last had contact with the grandparent;
- The effect that such visitation will have on the relationship between the child and the child’s parents or the person with whom the child is residing;
- If the parents are divorced or separated, the time-sharing arrangement which exists between the parents with regard to the child;
- The good faith of the grandparent in filing the application;
- Any history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect by the grandparent; and
- Any other factor relevant to the best interests of the child.
The family court will evaluate each of these factors based on the evidence presented by the grandparent seeking visitation. It is the grandparent’s burden to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that an award of visitation is in the best interests of the child.
When Will Grandparent Visitation Be Awarded in New Jersey?
Often, a grandparent seeks visitation because the child’s parents have divorced and they are unable to see the child as often as they have in the past. However, that is not always the situation.
You can ask the family court to allow grandparent visitation if a child’s parents are:
You can also ask the New Jersey family court to award grandparent visitation when one of the child’s parents has died.
No matter what the situation, our understanding, and approachable Bergen County family law attorneys will listen without judgment. Then, we work one-on-one with you to develop a legal strategy to achieve your goals. Together, we follow through and strive for the best possible outcome for everyone involved.
Will Grandparent Visitation Always Be Awarded in New Jersey?
We won’t mince words: no. Grandparent visitation is not always awarded simply upon request. When you work with us, we will always be candid about your likelihood of success. Since we know the judges who will be deciding cases in Bergen County from our years of practice before them, our insight into their historical judgment can give you an advantage, though.
Why is it that grandparents should not always be entitled to visitation? While this is a touchy subject, grandparents must remember that parents have the primary rights.
The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld parent’s rights under the United States Constitution. If you wish to terminate the parent’s rights entirely, perhaps due to substance abuse concerns or mental health issues, your choice of an attorney is critical. It is important to find an attorney with the knowledge to handle the complexities of that type of case.
As you can see, child custody laws in New Jersey can be complicated to understand. Since there are competing interests, the family courts are called upon to apply the law fairly and without prejudice. It can be a very challenging task.
Representing Grandparents in Family Law Disputes Throughout Northern New Jersey
Grandparents can be a fundamental part of a family dynamic. Research shows that children tend to thrive when they have loving, caring grandparents involved in their lives. Sometimes, it’s necessary for a grandparent to fight to stay in their grandchild’s life – or to get their grandchildren out of unsafe situations. Arons & Solomon, P.A., is proud to be here to help grandparents all across Bergen County, New Jersey.
Our family law and divorce attorneys handle grandparent rights matters in:
- Franklin Lakes
- Upper Saddle River
- Old Tappan
- Saddle River
If you live in Northern New Jersey, call Arons & Solomon for immediate assistance. Your first consultation is absolutely free.
Contact Our Bergen County Grandparent Rights Attorneys Today
At Arons & Solomon, we understand how difficult times like these can be and we have counseled thousands of clients. Our experienced Bergen County grandparent rights lawyers are waiting to get started on your case. We offer free case consultations, so reach out to our law office today.