Cherry Hill Grandparents’ Rights Attorneys
Our law firm helps grandparents in Southern New Jersey
When a family experiences a crisis, like the death of a parent or a divorce, the opportunities that grandparents have to spend time with their grandchildren can be significantly reduced or eliminated entirely. Serving Cherry Hill and surrounding communities, the grandparents’ rights lawyers at Forkin, McShane, Manos & Rotz, P.A. understand the valuable role that a loving grandparent can play in the life of a child and are committed to protecting your visitation rights.
Factors affecting visitation rights
New Jersey provides grandparents living in the state the right to seek visitation, but visitation rights are never guaranteed and, after the United States Supreme Court’s decisions as interpreted in New Jersey, may be constitutionally restricted. Ultimately, the burden falls upon the grandparent to prove that visitation is in the best interest of the child in certain narrowly defined cases which require skilled representation.
Serving as the full-time caretaker of your grandchild for a significant length of time is usually sufficient evidence to prove this, but the court also considers the following factors:
- The relationship between the grandparent and the grandchild
- The relationship between the grandparent and each parent
- Time elapsed since the grandparents’ last contact with the grandchild
- How visitation will affect the parent-child relationship
- How visitation will affect any pre-existing parent-child visitation schedule
- The “good faith” of the grandparent filing the application
- History of abuse and/or neglect
- Other relevant factors including the child’s desire to see the grandparent
Our Cherry Hill grandparents’ rights lawyers realize that pursuing visitation rights is a complex and time-sensitive process. At Forkin, McShane, Manos & Rotz, P.A., we utilize our considerable experience and resources to act quickly to ensure that your child is not denied a rewarding relationship.
The positive influence of a grandparent
Much current research indicates that a close relationship and frequent interaction with a grandparent can yield numerous positive effects in a child’s life, particularly when a child’s home life is stressful. Grandparents contribute to the following:
- A sense of stability and normalcy
- Fewer depressive symptoms in adult life
- A link to cultural heritage and family history
- Social skill building through interactions with trusted adults
- Orientation toward community service
Contact our experienced team of grandparents’ rights lawyers
Forkin, McShane, Manos & Rotz, P.A. believes that grandparents matter. If you are a grandparent seeking visitation rights or custody, our Cherry Hill divorce attorneys are here to uphold your rights. To speak to one of our highly respected lawyers, contact us online or by phone at 856.779.8500.