Allegations of child abuse or neglect can be made against any person who has access to a child. Whenever someone is concerned that the paramour of their former spouse could be harming their child or placing that child at substantial risk of harm, those allegations are to be considered like any other. They should be referred to the agency if the concerns are significant. When a person seeks a restraint, however, against the paramour of their former spouse, if the Court orders that restraint, then the parent seeking custody is going to have the same duty to allay all of those concerns to their paramour as they would be required to do if they were the person accused of child abuse. That often prevents the relationship between the now divorced party and their significant other from taking the normal course.
Allison C. Williams is a matrimonial and family law attorney serving Short Hills New Jersey. Her practice places an emphasis on complex child welfare matters. www.familylawyersnewjersey.com