What parents should know about visitation rights

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

Even if a parent in California is denied child custody, they generally receive visitation rights. Ideally, both parents will play a role in their child’s life regardless of who has formal custody. In many cases, a judge will determine that a parent shouldn’t have custody for reasons other than that person not being fit to raise the child.
For example, parents may live too far away from each other or one parent may have been established as the primary caregiver. Those who are allowed visitation will generally be given a schedule that details when they can see their children. For example, noncustodial parents will see their sons or daughters on specific days of the week or every other weekend. The child’s parents are also given leeway to create their own schedule if they can work together.
It is important to point out that noncustodial parents should make an effort to spend time with their kids. Failing to do so could lead to losing visitation rights. Those rights could also be denied if an individual has a history of substance abuse or of abusing the child or other parent. If a parent overcomes those issues, visitation rights could be partially or fully restored.
In a custody case, the best interests of the child will trump a parent’s feelings. Typically, parents can improve their odds of getting custody or visitation by working together. An attorney may craft a strategy to help a client obtain physical or legal custody of a child. In some cases, it may be possible to obtain both. In other instances, parents may share legal or physical custody of a child depending on the facts in the matter.