We will often see parents come forward and assert that their kids are not safe in the custody of the other parent. They have an absolute right to go to court and ask that the court deny access to a parent of a right of access to the children or to require that time be supervised. It’s not uncommon that courts will err on the side of caution as we say and afford that type of protection upfront.
Typically those issues are brought to court by way of an order to show cause, which is an emerge in application. And there are times when either parent or the court may involve the child protective services agency in New Jersey, which is known as the Division of Child Protection in Permanencies. When those requests are made, normally a court wants to have some type of protective order put in place and some requirement that the addict parent get help so they’re able to restore their normal access to the children.
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