Plainfield, NJ asked in Child Custody for New Jersey

Q: How should I say no, legally, to a grandparent wanting visitation when she’s her sons supervisor for his visitation?

I know the parent has a right to refuse grandparents time, but I also thought legally I can’t discuss extra time out of my court ordered agreement considering my daughters father lives at his mothers house (where parenting time takes place). Plus I don’t trust the mother as she could be asking for her own time to give her son more time. What is a legal answer to say “no”. Shouldn’t her son work out time with his family during his parenting time as I do on my time?

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Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: There is no particular "legal" way to decline the request. I would just recommend keeping any communication that you have with her (which you are not required to have in the first place) as short and simple as possible, without any judgmental or confrontational statements.

Bari Weinberger
Bari Weinberger
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Parsippany, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Thank you for your question. Generally, as you are the custodial parent, you can deny either set of grandparents their own separate visitation. However, generally, during the time you daughter is with you, you are free to have your parents present and when your daughter is with her father, her father has a right to have his parents present. Of course, there are exceptions. I suggest you consult with a Family Law attorney in order to more fully address the issue and make sure that your rights, and the rights all of your daughter, are protected.

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