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What To Know About Visitation Orders

child custody attorneys Orange County; The Maggio Law FirmChild visitation, increasingly referred to as a parent’s parenting schedule so as to not minimalize the parenting of the party who has less custodial time than the other, is a plan incorporated within a court order which stipulates the time and duration of visits a separating parent can see his or her children. A parent who gets to spend less than half of the time with his or her children can be termed as having visitation with them. Just like child custody settlements, depending upon several factors such as specific circumstances of the case and best interests of the child, the court may order various kinds of visitations for the separating parent.

Visitation as per a specified schedule

More often than not, a visitation order might become a topic for constant conflict and disputes between the separating parents. In order to avoid the confusion stemming out of a visitation order, the court of law designs a comprehensive visitation schedule which specifies the dates and times of each parent’s visit. The visitation schedule will also include special occasions such as birthdays, vacations and Thanksgiving. 

Reasonable visitation

A reasonable visitation can be touted as an open ended court order which allows room for mutual agreements on the schedule by the couple itself. Since this type of visitation order does not typically lay down the schedule timings, it can be effective only in the cases wherein the parents are able to get along well and communicate peacefully with each other. A disagreement or misunderstanding between the parents over a reasonable visitation can be highly detrimental to the mental and emotional well being of the child. 

Supervised visitation

There are certain specific divorce cases, wherein it is decided by the court of law that the visitation is carried out under the supervision of a third party. If a court sees a level of threat to the safety and well being of a child, it may order for supervised visitation which will be carried out in the presence of the other parent, another adult or a law professional. Supervised visitation is also ordered in cases where a parent has not been in touch with the child for long and needs to get more familiar with the latter by means of visits. 

No visitation

The court of law has the right to entirely deny any visitation to a parent, which even under supervision poses a significant threat to the physical or mental well being of the child. In such cases, it is deemed against the best interest of the child to have any sort of contact with the abusive parent.

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divorce_attorneyGerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law attorney and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.

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