When the court awards one parent sole physical custody, the noncustodial parent will likely be entitled to visitation (time-share), or some amount of parenting time with the child. Visitation schedules should include pick-up and drop-off times and locations. Parents can arrange their own schedule for the court to approve based on the child’s best interests, or the court may issue an order if the parents cannot agree.
Visitation orders will vary depending on the best interests of the child, the situation of the parents, and other factors. Common visitation options include:
- Visitation according to a schedule – parents and courts will come up with a visitation schedule detailing the dates and times that the children will be with each parent; schedules can include holidays, special occasions (birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day), and vacations.
- Reasonable visitation – these orders are more open-ended and allow the parents to work it out between them; this works if parents get along very well and can be flexible and communicate well with one another.
- Supervised visitation – this is used when the children’s safety and wellbeing require that visits with the other parent be supervised by another adult (including the custodial parent) or a professional agency, often in cases where a child and a parent need time to become more familiar with each other or the parent has a history of substance abuse.
- No visitation – this option is used when visiting with the parent, even with supervision, would be physically or emotionally harmful to the children, so it is best for the children not to have any contact with the parent.
If you are currently involved in a custody dispute or you anticipate filing a request to establish custody orders in the near future, do not hesitate to contact Jelladian Buchner Law, APC for legal assistance. We can discuss your goals and interests with you to strategize and work towards obtaining a favorable custody arrangement and order.
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