Visitation Rights

Visitation Rights Parent hugs his two children while exercising his visitation rights.

Custody and Visitations Rights

Children are an amazing blessing, which makes fighting for custody and visitation rights such a hard and important process. It can also be a scary process. Fortunately, you can battle that fear by learning more about the process and how legal help can lighten the burden.

Types of Custody

Exclusive custody, otherwise known as sole custody, refers to the arrangement where one parent has all custody rights and the right to make decisions regarding the child, including education and medical. The non-custodial parent might be awarded visitation rights- either supervised or unsupervised.

In some cases, both parents might be awarded custody rights. It is referred to as joint custody. This can refer to both living arrangements and decisions regarding the child.

For example, joint legal custody means that both parents have the right to make decisions regarding the child, regardless of where the child resides. Joint physical custody means that the child will move back and forth between each parent’s home. Third-party Custody

There are also times when custody gets granted to a third party, such as a grandparent or other relative.

Visitation Rights

Visitation is based on custody arrangements. It may also be impacted by any extenuating circumstances, such as previous abuse or the presence of mental illness in one parent. Under normal circumstances, the court system will work with the parents to create a viable visitation schedule.

If the parents can not come to an agreement, the court will create one on its own. The most basic schedules include those such as:

  • Visiting every Saturday for several hours- For example, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Children spend every other weekend from Fridays to Sundays.

As life changes and children grow, you might find that your current visitation schedule is no longer appropriate. If you need to make changes to the visitation schedule, be sure to do so through the court system for legal protection.

Unless the custody paperwork expressly denies a parent’s right to visitation, the custodial parent has no right to keep the child or children from the non-custodial parent. Should this occur, the custodial parent can be found in contempt of court, which can potentially impact custody.

How a Family Lawyer Can Help

Custody and visitation are two overwhelming and difficult issues to deal with, and you should not have to face them alone. A family lawyer can be an invaluable resource in both cases. Family lawyers can help by:

  • Negotiating custody arrangements
  • Appealing unfavorable custody or visitation decisions
  • Resolving issues when the custodial parent chooses to relocate to a different state
  • Fighting for third-party custody or visitation for grandparents and other family members
  • Fighting for visitation rights if you are denied custody and helping ensure your visitation rights are met
  • Negotiating a favorable visitation schedule

Family Law Attorney Myrtle Beach

When you are entering into a custody hearing, it is best to have an experienced attorney at your side. The Morris Law Accident Injury Lawyers will be there every step of the way. Call us at (843) 232-0944, or contact us online to set up a free case review. Let us help you prove that your custody is in the best interests of the child.


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