Visitation Rights

Visitation rights can be a contentious matter during and after a divorce. First and foremost, as with custody cases, primary consideration is the best interest and welfare for the child, and not necessarily that of the non-custodial parent. The non-custodial natural parent, as long as they have not been previously deemed “unfit”, will maintain a right to custody against everyone but the custodial parent. If there is already an existing decree in place, it may be modified for various reasons. Some reasons may include: If the non-custodial parent has improved their lifestyle; if the child was an infant at the time of the divorce and now is older; increased distance due to post-divorce relocation; and inappropriate conduct by the visiting parent that has an adverse impact on the child’s health or welfare. There are many other factors from which the need may arise to modify existing visitation rights. The attorneys in our office can assist and guide you with any questions or issues you may have regarding visitation rights.