There are times when it’s necessary to get a court involved to determine child custody and visitation rights between parents and a child. This can occur in situations where a child was born during the marriage or where a child was born out-of-wedlock. Visitation refers to the ability of a parent to see or visit with a child. Visitation is generally associated with a child custody situation where one parent has been awarded sole custody of the child, meaning that the child lives primarily with that parent. The other parent, the non-custodial parent, then may receive visitation. Visitation implies something less than equal parenting time.
Child Custody and Visitation
Many courts have developed a preference for joint custody. Joint custody involves a sharing or parenting time. Obtaining sole custody of a child often requires more than a parent simply wanting it. This means that if a parent wants sole custody of a child, then that parent must be prepared to present evidence to the judge explaining why sole custody is necessary. This is where our experience can make a difference. Our office is experienced in handling issues involving sole custody and visitation. We can assist you in evaluating your case and determine the best strategy to employ moving forward.
A court also has the power to award supervised visitation. Supervised visitation involves a situation where a third-party must observe the interaction between the parent and child. There may be legitimate reasons why a parent may need to have their visits supervised. Parents may have had issues with addiction, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse or any other number of factors that may warrant supervised visitation. We work hard to ensure that we protect your child.
Grandparents have visitation rights albeit in certain circumstances. Grandparents do not have the same rights as parents. Consequently, grandparents oftentimes do not receive the same type of visitation as parents. Depending on the circumstances, there are situations where a grandparent may not benefit from pursuing grandparent visitation because other options may exist that put a grandparent in a better position to obtain custody of a child. We work with grandparents to fully explain their options so that they can determine the best course of action.
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