Visitation and ensuring time with your child

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2024 | Child Custody

Going through a divorce or separation can be a challenging and emotional time. This is especially true when it comes to determining visitation rights.

It is important to understand what visitation rights entail and how they can ensure that both parents have quality time with their child.

What are visitation rights?

According to, visitation, also known as parenting time, refers to the non-custodial parent’s right to spend time with their child as ordered by the court. These rights are typically granted when one parent has sole physical custody or when joint physical custody is not feasible. The primary goal of visitation rights is to promote a healthy and meaningful relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent.

Visitation allows the child to maintain a bond with both parents, fostering emotional stability and a sense of belonging. For the non-custodial parent, visitation provides an opportunity to actively participate in the child’s life and contribute to their upbringing.

Do visitation schedules vary?

Visitation schedules can vary depending on the circumstances and the needs of the child. Some common types of visitation schedules include specific days, weekends or holidays for the non-custodial parent to spend time with the child. This provides a structured routine and allows for better planning. In cases where there are concerns about the child’s safety or a strained relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent, courts may order supervised visitation. A neutral third party, such as a family member or a professional supervisor, ensures the child’s safety during the visits.

Parents can modify schedules if there are significant changes in circumstances or if the current arrangement no longer serves the child’s best interests. By understanding the basics of visitation rights, parents can work towards creating a visitation schedule that allows for quality time and promotes the well-being of the child.