Continuing from An Overview of Parental Visitation Rights (Part 1), the following are some additional frequently asked questions and answers associated with parental visitation rights. Taking the time to become familiar with some of these parental visitation issues can help parents obtain a clearer understanding of when they may need to petition family courts to make a change to custody or visitation agreements.
- What is a “fixed visitation” schedule?
Fixed visitation generally refers to a visitation schedule in which a judge has set a specific time and frequency (and possibly place) for visitation with the non-custodial parent to take place. For instance, a fixed visitation schedule could grant the no-custodial parent visitation rights every other weekend or every other week. While family court judges are more likely to set fixed visitation schedules in cases when parents are not likely to be able to cooperate with each other to coordinate reasonable visitation, they may also do so in order to set a predictable visitation schedule for children (in an attempt to establish some regularity to their lives).
- What should I do if I’m concerned that my former spouse will be abusive towards my child during visitation?
Whether or not your former spouse (or your child’s other parent if you were never married) has a history of physical, sexual or psychological abuse, if you are concerned that your child may be abused during visitation with the other parent, it’s important to inform the court about your concerns. The court will investigate allegations of potential abuse (or the likelihood that abuse could occur) and may require that all visitation with the other parent be conducted under the supervision of another adult. While the adult supervising the visitation may be a court-appointed social worker, this other adult can also be a person – such as another family member – whom both parents agree upon to supervise the visitation sessions (though the court will have to approve the adult chosen to supervise the visitation sessions).
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