What visitation rights will I have if my spouse has physical custody of our children following our divorce?
In New Jersey, the term “visitation” is the antiquated terminology that simply refers to parenting time that the non-custodial parent spends with the parties’ minor child(ren). In fact, the terms “custodial” and “non-custodial” parent are not used any longer. Rather, the more politically correct and current terminology uses two new designations – the PPR and the PAR. These acronyms stand for “Parent of Primary Residence” (PPR) and “Parent of Alternate Residence” (PAR). Essentially, the PPR is the parent at whose home the children reside the majority of their time. Sometimes, if the parents share a true 50-50 (equal) parenting time, neither parent would be designated the PPR. Sometimes however, even under these circumstances, it may be necessary to designate one parent as the PPR solely for school registration purposes, especially if the two parents live in different school districts or zones. If the parties can work out an agreement between themselves, the court will usually approve it. Otherwise, the court must decide what type of arrangement will be in the best interests of the child(ren).