An Overview Of Four Major Types Of Child Visitations

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Custody, visitation, and support are some of the most controversial child-related issues during a divorce. Visitation is especially controversial since people tend to have different views on how and when they should see their children. Many people also want to dictate who interacts with their children. Getting an understanding of the various forms of visitations outlined below is a good start if you have a visitation hearing coming up.

Reasonable Visitation

In a reasonable visitation schedule, the court doesn't specify the visitation dates and durations. Rather, it is for the parents to come up with an arrangement suitable for both of them. The parents will have to determine what is reasonable in terms of duration, dates, and even months of the year.

What is "reasonable" depends on various factors such as states, age of the child, and parents' circumstances, among other things. For example, longer visits may be more reasonable for older children than infants. As you can imagine, reasonable visitation can trigger multiple problems for parents who don't see eye to eye on many things.

Fixed Visitation

Fixed visitation is the opposite of reasonable visitation. For fixed visitation, the custody order issued by the court contains every detail of the visitation schedule that both parents are expected to adhere to. It will even spell where the child will spend special occasions such as birthdays, summer vacations, and religious celebrations.

The main benefit of this arrangement is that you don't have to negotiate with the other parent for a visitation schedule; the court spells it out of you. The main disadvantage is that the court might come up with an arrangement that seems to favor one party or one that both parents are not entirely comfortable with.

Supervised Visitation

Supervised visitation is exactly what it sounds like – the meeting between the noncustodial parent and the child will be supervised. The supervisor can be licensed professional or a third party that both parents agree to supervise the visitation. Supervised visitation may be necessary if there is a concern that the noncustodial parent should not be left alone with the child. This may be the case, for example, if the noncustodial parent has a history of family violence or abuse.

Relative Visitation

Traditionally, only parents had the rights to visit with their children. However, the government is starting to recognize the contribution of other relatives to a child's upbringing or welfare. Therefore, some states have started to allow other relatives, chiefly grandparents, to visit with their children. However, the visitation rights of relatives are usually secondary to those of the parent.

For more information, reach out to a firm like Law Office Of Leonard Ernest Kerr

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