What rights do fathers have in NJ?
Throughout history, mothers have always been seen as the more “fit” parent but as times change, fathers are being granted the opportunity to have as many rights as a mother when it comes to parenting. When there is a shared custody arrangement, both parents have an equal opportunity to be the parent that their child deserves. However, when legal custody is being determined, it is important that fathers fight for their rights. New Jersey wants each parent to have the chance to form a meaningful relationship with their child. If the child doesn’t have the opportunity to see the noncustodial parent on a regular basis, that parent may become very distant to the child.
Fathers should be aware that they have just as many rights as mothers do in terms of parenting. The court is supposed to rule on matters of child support and custody depending on what is in the best interest of the child. Fathers should work towards obtaining legal custody so they can have a say in the major decisions about the child’s life. Some of these decisions may include where the child goes to school, what religion they may practice, decide which doctors the child sees, and have a say in the other choices about the things that matter.
It is important that you don’t let the courts take advantage of you simply because you are the father. If you feel as though you have not been given fair consideration in matters of child custody, you may want to speak with an experienced family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.
The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC is a family and divorce law firm serving Monmouth County and all of New Jersey that would be happy to assist you in legal counsel. If you need quality legal services, contact the firm for a consultation.