Child Visitation

If you are going through a divorce or do not have custody of your child, you may be worried about whether you are going to be able to see your children.

When one parent has primary custody of their children, the other parent has the legal right to child visitation. Courts make parent-child visitation rulings in accordance with the best interests of the children. If you’re facing a concern related to child visitation – whether it’s your own schedule or your ex’s  – an experienced divorce attorney can help.  

At Bourdon & Tortolero, we are committed to protecting your parental rights and will work tirelessly to obtain a favorable outcome in your case. Call us today to schedule a consultation with a lawyer.

Understanding Child Visitation

Generally, if the Court awards child visitation, it will set a standard visitation schedule. On the other hand, if the parents are able to mutually agree on a schedule, they can build in more flexibility. Visitation is generally unsupervised, which means the children will leave with and be returned by their noncustodial parent – according to court orders. However, in extreme circumstances, the Court may determine that supervision is in the children’s best interest. If that is the case, the court will aware supervised visitation.

The Noncustodial Parent’s Rights

The noncustodial parent has the legal right to spend the time set forth in the visitation schedule with their children. The custodial parent does not have the right to interfere with court-ordered parenting time, and they can be sanctioned by the court for doing so.

Best Practices for Successful Visitation

There are steps both parents can take to help make sure visitation benefits everyone involved, including:

  • Both parents should take the matter of visitation seriously and make every effort to help ensure that every pickup and drop-off proceeds without a hitch.
  • The parent with the visitation schedule should do what they can to maximize their time with the children without turning every visit into a free-for-all. Scheduling is very important.
  • The custodial parent should encourage their children to look forward to the time they spend with their other parent, which includes not bad-mouthing the other parent and not pushing the children to pick sides. This applies equally to both parents.
  • Both parents should cut each other some slack and help each other out with transportation and other trivial details when time gets tight.

When you recognize that you both want what’s best for your children, it can make cooperating in relation to visitation far less challenging.  

Reunification and Visitation

In some cases, a parent-child relationship may be damaged. This may happen the parent and child have been kept apart for an extended period of time. Reunification is the process of bringing the parent and child back together and trying to repair the relationship. Visitation can play an important role in the reunification of a child and their family. In order to support the child’s overall well-being and improve family relationships, the court is likely to increase the visitation schedule and visitation agreements in during the reunification process.

Strategies for visitation during reunification include:

  • Having the flexibility to address the visitation schedule as it evolves
  • Sharing your optimism with your child regarding reunification
  • Doing everything requested of you by the court
  • Going the extra mile to show your commitment to reunification
  • Expecting your child’s emotions to be running high and having the patience to effectively cope with them

Consult a Family Law Attorney about All Your Options 

The experienced family law attorneys at Bourdon & Tortolero – proudly serving clients throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the DC metropolitan area – are committed to harnessing the full force of their impressive experience and skill in pursuit of a visitation schedule that protects your parental rights and works well for you and your children. For more information, please don’t delay reaching out and contacting or calling us at 703-646-8390 today.

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