Is there any difference between custody and visitation?
Yes. Custody can include the right to make decisions about your child (legal custody) and the right to have your child live with you (physical custody). A parent who does not have physical custody may be entitled to visitation. This means that even though your child lives with one parent, your child still gets to spend time with the other parent. In New Jersey, this is sometimes also called “parenting time.”
You may also share legal custody of your child (joint legal custody) with the parent who has visitation. In this case, your child lives with one parent and spends time with the other parent, but both parents have the right to make important decisions about your child.
To read more about “parenting time” and the laws governing it in New Jersey, you can view the New Jersey Judiciary guide online here: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/family/paretime.pdf