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What is visitation?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2018 | Child Custody

After a divorce, a set of Virginia parents will have to learn to live in a new scheme where their children will share time between them.

When parents elect to live apart, it becomes difficult for their children to spend as much time with each parent as they did before their separation or divorce since the parents may not want to be in each other’s direct company. Because of this, these families often need child custody and visitation plans to maintain the relationships that exist between parents and kids.

Custody is an important family law topic because it concerns where children will live, who will be responsible for them, and how decisions can be made about their welfare. A parent may be granted physical and legal custody after a divorce. If they are granted physical custody, then they have the right to have their child live with them in their home.

If a parent is not awarded physical custody of their child then they may be granted visitation. Visitation is time a parent may spend with their child that does not amount to custody. It may be scheduled and regular, or it may be at the discretion of the parents. If there are concerns about a child’s well-being when they are with their noncustodial parent then their visitation time may be supervised by a third party.

Visitation is a way for parents and kids to stay connected when those parents cannot have custody of their children. If a parent believes that their visitation rights are being infringed upon, they should know that they have rights. Family law attorneys can help them fix the problems that are threatening their relationships and time with their kids.

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