VISITATION LAWS IN VIRGINIA
Parents can execute visitation arrangements without judicial intervention — if they agree on scheduling, locations, and other guidelines. A visitation agreement can become a part of the final divorce decree. Parents should consider holidays, birthdays, school vacations, and other events in a child’s life when deciding on a visitation schedule.
Specificity in a visitation agreement can help avoid confusion or arguments later on. Drafting a visitation agreement ensures that the parents will be more likely to follow the arrangement. A Manassas visitation rights law firm such as The Daugherty Law Firm can assist you in drafting a visitation agreement.
If parents cannot agree on visitation, the court will make a determination based on the best interests of the child. A court can decide on the frequency and location and on whether visitation must be supervised, if circumstances warrant. A Prince William County visitation attorney from The Daugherty Law Firm advocates for you with the court and seeks to achieve the best outcome possible.
Interference with visitation rights
Parents have a right to see their children. Not having custody of the child does not mean that the parent is unfit for visitation. Unless a court determines that visitation with a noncustodial parent is not in the best interests of the child, visitation by a noncustodial parent cannot be denied, suspended, or restricted by a custodial parent.
An experienced Manassas visitation lawyer understands that baseless interference by a custodial parent can give a noncustodial parent grounds to have a visitation or custody order modified. If you feel that your visitation rights have been violated, speak with a Prince William County visitation lawyer at The Daugherty Law Firm.
Limiting or denying visitation
Visitation rights are not absolute. A noncustodial parent has a right to visit and spend time with his or her child, unless visitation is deemed to be not in the best interests of the child. Visitation can be limited, suspended, or even denied to a noncustodial parent if one of the following reasons exist:
- Emotional harm
- The wishes of the child
- Violence or physical endangerment
- Substance abuse
- Mental illness
Before the visitation rights of a noncustodial parent can be denied, he or she must receive notice and have an opportunity to state his or her side. If you are being denied visitation with your child or believe that visitation with a noncustodial parent is not in the best interests of your child, contact a Manassas visitation attorney at The Daugherty Law Firm.
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