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What options are available for visitation rights?

When a Los Angeles couple has a child and is no longer together, they will still have to have some level of interaction. The issue of visitation rights is often a difficult one to navigate. Because parenting time is so important to a child's development, it is essential to know the types of visitation orders available. The parent who does not have the child for the greater percentage of time will be granted visitation, which is alternatively referred to as a "time-share."

The visitation can be detailed via schedule. The parents and the court can work together to have a list of dates and times when the child will be with each parent. Included can be holidays, weekends, special occasions and vacation time. Another option is reasonable visitation. With this, there might not be specific details regarding when the child is with each parent. Often, a reasonable visitation agreement will be flexible enough that the parents can negotiate it and come to a consensus without court intervention. This works particularly well when the parents remain on amicable terms. Disagreements can be detrimental to the child and this should be considered.

Supervised visitation is for the child's safety if the noncustodial parent should be watched by the custodial parent. Another adult or a professional agency can also serve as the supervising person. This is generally used in circumstances when the parents are not completely familiar with one another and they need time to become acquainted. An example might be if the parent has not been in the child's life. Finally, there can be an order of no visitation. In some situations, a child is not deemed to be safe with a parent. It could be due to the potential for harm coming to the child in a physical or emotional sense. The best interests of the child are paramount.

When parents have ended a relationship and share a child, visitation rights can be confusing and problematic. Understanding how the law handles the maintenance of a relationship with children, parenting time and visitation rights is imperative. Speaking to an attorney experienced in child custody can help to deal with a case.

Source: The Judicial Branch of California, "Basics of Custody & Visitation Orders -- Types Of Visitation Orders," accessed on April 10, 2017

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