Upholding The Best Interests Of Your Grandchildren
Grandparents and their grandchildren form a special bond. When a divorce or another dispute breaks the access that you have to your grandchildren, you may consider pursuing legal action.
At Weinberg & Cooper, LLC, our attorneys advocate for the rights of grandparents across Northern New Jersey. While New Jersey courts allow grandparents to pursue visitation rights to their grandchildren, the process of doing so can be contentious. With over two decades of experience, we will build a strong case to protect your rights to be a part of the lives of your grandchildren.
Factors Considered In Awarding Visitation Rights
Courts typically uphold the rights of the parents of the child. Because of this, grandparents must present a compelling case to assert why they deserve visitation rights. Factors that New Jersey courts consider in such cases include:
- The relationship the children have with their grandparents
- The role the grandparents may have played in the children’s upbringing
- Whether such visitation rights could disrupt or harm the children’s relationship with their parents
- Whether the children’s parents are deceased, incapacitated in some way or abusive
- What is in the best interests of the children
When you work with us, we will anticipate the considerations of the court and form an appropriate strategy that prioritizes the needs and well-being of your grandchildren.
When An Amicable Resolution Is Not Possible
When children are involved, attempting to resolve the situation amicably outside of court is nearly always preferable. We realize that pursuing a collaborative resolution often better serves issues involving children. Because of this, we strive to resolve visitation issues through negotiation or mediation when possible. However, when such attempts fail, litigation may be unavoidable.
As experienced litigators, we aggressively represent our clients in the courtroom. Additionally, two of our lawyers, Gale B. Weinberg and Melissa E. Cohen, can act as guardian ad litem (GAL). In this role, they can represent the role and interests of the child in the courtroom. This experience strengthens both our representation for you and our reputation in the courtroom.
Consult With An Experienced Lawyer
When your relationship with your grandchildren is at risk, consult with our lawyers to determine your options. We work with individuals across Hackensack and Bergen County. Schedule an initial consultation with us by calling 201-580-3934 or emailing us.