P.L. 1997, CHAPTER 406, approved January 19, 1998
Assembly, No. 72 (Second Reprint)
An Act concerning certain children's records and supplementing Title 9 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. 1[Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, every] Every1 parent 2[1, to the extent permitted by federal and State laws concerning privacy,1] , except as prohibited by federal and State law,2 shall have access to records and information pertaining to his or her 1[minor] unemancipated1 child, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, insurance, child care and educational records, whether or not the child resides with the parent, unless that access is found by the court to be not in the best interest of the child or the access is found by the court to be sought for the purpose of causing detriment to the other parent.
b. The place of residence of either parent shall not appear on any records or information released pursuant to the provisions of this section.
c. 2[Any parent] A child's parent, guardian or legal custodian2 may petition the court to have 2[the other] a2 parent's access to the records limited. If the court, after a hearing, finds that the parent's access to the record is not in the best interest of the child or that the access sought is for the purpose of causing detriment to the other parent, the court may order that access to the records be limited.
1[2. The Department of Education shall promulgate rules and regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to effectuate the purpose of this act.]1
1[3.] 2.1 This act shall take effect immediately.
Provides parents access to children's records.