Annapolis Visitation Rights
Ensuring that You have Access to Your Child
Visitation rights refer to the rights of the non-custodial parent to spend time with their child. The court works together with both parents to create a visitation schedule that prioritizes the best interest of the child above all else. Stability and consistency in the child’s life is given great importance, as is encouraging the child to maintain a relationship with both parents when possible.
If you feel you are being unfairly prevented from maintaining a relationship with your child, call us at (410) 656-6227.
Creating the Visitation Schedule
Parents are encouraged to work together to set a schedule that works best for their family as a whole and, most importantly, preserves their child’s well-being. If you feel that you and your child’s other parent are able to come to a decision amicably, our Annapolis family lawyer can help mediate the discussion and provide neutral input and assistance. A noncustodial biological parent, stepparents, or even grandparents may be eligible for visitation rights.
The factors that are typically taken into account when creating a schedule are:
- Child’s school location and schedule
- Parents’ job and work schedules
- Family traditions
- Distance between parents’ homes
- Involvement of siblings or other family members
- Medical considerations
Limitations to Visitation Rights
When one parent has sole physical and legal custody, they are in charge of making all decisions for their child. Even if the noncustodial parent has visitation rights, they are not allowed to oppose or subvert the other parent’s wishes when spending time with the child.
In situations that are deemed unsafe by the court, the visitation rights of a parent can either be restricted or altogether suspended. If a parent is struggling with substance abuse, has shown a lack of ability to manage anger, or has a past of inflicting abuse, supervised visitation at a neutral location may be an option. This allows for the parent and child to maintain their relationship under the close monitoring of trained staff who can intervene if necessary to ensure the child’s physical and emotional safety.
Doing What’s Best for Your Child
Divorces can be emotionally draining and may leave you wanting to distance yourself from your spouse in every way possible. However, most children desire to continue their relationships with both parents. If you need assistance creating a visitation plan or feel as if your parental visitation rights are being violated, we want to help! Our Annapolis child visitation attorneys understand that every case is different and are prepared to give you the focused and competent care that your children need.
The Law Office of Patrick Crawford is ready to champion your cause. Schedule your low-cost consultation today at (410) 656-6227.