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Home Page > Family and Relationships > Custody/Visitation > How to Change or Enforce a Custody/Visitation Order > I am the non-custodial parent > I have had a change in circumstances > I have a copy of my most recent custody/visitation order

Docket number begins with FD

 

The letters “FD” before a docket number indicate that the case is a non-divorce family case ( usually dealing with the issues of child support or custody/ visitation) In order to change a custody/visitation order in an FD case, follow the directions outlined below.

  1. Go to the family intake office of the county courthouse in the county where you got your original custody/visitation order.

    View a list of county courthouse addresses and phone numbers.

  2. At the family intake office ask for the form(s) used to modify a custody/visitation order in an FD case. A staff member will give you the correct form(s).

    NOTE – if you are incarcerated or disabled and cannot physically get to the courthouse, you are permitted to use the post judgment motion papers found at this internet site.  All other persons must use the shorter forms provided at the courthouse.

    View motion papers and forms.

    Choose  “Family Matters" and then "How to Ask the Court to Change or Enforce an Order in Your Case”

  3. You will need to put in the forms all of the reasons why you need to have the court order changed.

    View more information about the subject of custody and visitation. Choose this publication: "Parenting Time: A Child’s Right - New Jersey Laws Governing Custody and Parenting Time."

  4. You should also attach to the form(s) any documents that support your reasons for your request, such as medical records, school records, etc.
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  • View additional information about how to appear in court and argue your motion

  • View examples of possible changes in circumstances experienced by a non-custodial parent that might require a change in the terms of the court order

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