Child custody and visitation are two of the most sensitive matters that parents must address when they choose to end their marital relationships. In Rockville and throughout the DC Metro area, they may struggle to create parenting plans and custody arrangements that meet their wants and expectations as well as the needs of their kids. Often, courts get involved in these determinations to decide just how best to serve the lives of the children who are affected by divorce.
Though many parents want custody of their kids when their marriages end, some end up with visitation rights. This post will discuss some of the basic types of visitation, but readers should talk to their divorce and family law attorneys about custody and visitation questions in their own legal cases. No legal advice is provided here.
Visitation: Reasonable, supervised, and unsupervised
Visitation can be structured or it can be termed “reasonable” in a court order. Reasonable visitation is visitation that is worked out between the parents. When parents are given this mandate to work with, they can look at their own schedules to decide how best to share time with their kids. When parents cannot make these determinations a court may order scheduled or structured visitation, in which the parents must follow a specific timeline for visitation.
Visitation events may be supervised or unsupervised. Unsupervised visitation is what most individuals get with their kids, which means that they are allowed to be alone with their children. When a parent may pose a threat to their child, or if the parent is incapable of caring for their child when the child is with them, they may be ordered to have supervised visitation in the presence of a third party.
Visitation after relocation
Visitation can be hard to maintain when a parent must move for work or a child relocates with their custodial parent. While parents can agree to long-term visitation in such situations, they can also incorporate technology into their virtual visitation toolkits. Email, texting, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, and many other electronic interfaces can be used to connect parents and kids across great distances.
Visitation is a critical part of parents preserving their relationships with their kids after divorce. Attorneys who represent parents in divorces can advise interested readers on their options and rights to securing time with the children they love.