Unmarried Child Support & Visitation

Unmarried Child Support & Visitation Rights in New Jersey

Although it is common for child custody cases to be a part of a divorce process, we here at the law firm of Joanna D. Brick, Esq. understand the importance of child custody and visitation rights for children of unmarried parents as well. In New Jersey, child support & visitation rights are still extremely important and the first priority is to understand what the best situation for the child is. Additionally, parents of these children, if unmarried, bear the same rights as parents of children that are married or were married. However, navigating through this process as an unmarried person can be equally or more challenging than divorce proceedings.

NJ Unmarried Child Support Attorney Experience

As family law attorneys in New Jersey, we guide our clients with ongoing comprehensive advice concerning their children. We are committed to providing each of our clients with attentive, personalized and effective legal representation and services regarding your matter at hand. Though we understand that child support can be a stressful, timely and expensive matter, we will always encourage the most efficient route which typically involves mediation or settlement. In New Jersey, family law does not distinguish between unmarried or married couples regarding the child's care in providing a safe and supportive home. If an unmarried parent wants to claim child custody, parenting time or visitation rights, it is called a Family Part Non-dissolution Hearing. Often, it has become exceedingly imperative to have parental rights preserved during this process with the assistance of experienced counsel.

Paternity Testing in New Jersey, Child Support for the Unmarried Parent

In NJ, the New Jersey Paternity Act states that if a married woman gives birth to a child; her husband is presumed the father of the child. If an unmarried woman gives birth to a child, there is no legal assumption as to the father of that child. Many times, the mother and the father of a child are typically in agreement as to who is the biological father. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In such instances, men may challenge the relationship to a child. Upon such challenge, a Court will order a HLA test to confirm paternity. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through any process to determine the biological father, if such situation should arise . In the event you believe that your child is entitled to child support from the other parent, and there is no legal agreement, you can come see us and we will listen to you to address your child's needs. Despite your never being married to the child's other parent, you will have the same rights as someone who is going through a divorce and the New Jersey courts will look at the same factors based on the best interest of the child.

NJ Child Support, Visitation and Parenting Time for the Unmarried

If you are seeking experienced, professional and individualized legal services regarding a child support case for an unmarried couple in New Jersey, call New Jersey Family Lawyer, Joanna D. Brick, Esq. today. Call 201-254-7530 for a legal consultation in our Bergen County office in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. We service Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Union, Somerset and Middlesex Counties.