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When may the courts revoke visitation rights?

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2023 | Blog, Divorce

Divorce can stir a range of emotions and complications, especially when you have children involved.

New Jersey courts prioritize the well-being of the child, and situations sometimes arise where they may revoke or limit visitation rights for one parent.

Endangerment to the child

Child abuse and endangerment is the number one reason that parents lose visitation rights. The National Children’s Alliance reported that over 600,000 children face abuse each year. The primary concern for the courts is the child’s safety. If your ex poses a physical or emotional threat to your child, the courts may decide to revoke their visitation rights. This could be due to a history of abuse, neglect or any other behaviors that might harm the child.

Substance abuse issues

If your ex struggles with drug or alcohol addiction and it impacts their ability to care for the child, the court might intervene. The courts may suspend visitation rights until your ex can prove they have addressed their addiction issues and can provide a safe environment for the child.

Violation of existing custody or visitation orders

Repeatedly violating court-ordered custody or visitation arrangements can lead to repercussions. If your ex continually fails to return your child on time, ignores stipulations set in the custody agreement or consistently cancels visitation without genuine reasons, the court may consider revoking their visitation rights.

Relocation without notice or consent

Relocating with your child without notifying you or gaining the necessary court permissions could also cause your ex to lose their visitation rights. Moving a significant distance without consent can disrupt the child’s life and violate custody agreements.


If your ex ends up incarcerated, their visitation rights may naturally come into question. The courts will evaluate the nature of the crime, the length of the sentence and the potential impact on the child when deciding on visitation in these cases.

Interference with the parent-child relationship

Consistent attempts to interfere with your relationship with your child, either by talking negatively about you or trying to turn your child against you, could cause the courts to revoke visitation.

Understanding why the courts may revoke visitation helps you navigate the often turbulent waters of divorce and custody battles, always keeping your child’s safety and happiness at the forefront.