Child custody is one matter that the court will decide upon in a
divorce. Custody can be granted in many ways, generally some sort of joint custody
agreement will be made. The court finds it beneficial for both parents
to be active participants in a child's life. Oftentimes, one parent
can receive custody while the other will be given a visitation agreement
to follow. The non-custodial parent will either have unsupervised or supervised
visitation time and the schedule will be agreed upon by both parents.
Unsupervised visitation is most common and the parent can take the child
to their house or go out anywhere as long it remains in their visitation
time. Supervised visitation can be ordered if the parent is deemed "unfit"
to be alone with the child. A court-appointed adult will need to be present
during visitation times or sometimes a grandparent can be chosen to serve
as the responsible adult. If you are facing a child custody matter be
sure to team up with an Annapolis divorce lawyer from The Law Office of
Nicholas T. Exarhakis. We can help you fight to make sure that your rights
are defended and you get the custody or visitation agreement that you want.
Child visitation agreements are formed while taking many factors into consideration. Depending
on work schedules and the needs of the child, a visitation agreement can
be any of the following:
- Visitation every other weekend
- Visitation in the middle of the week
- Switching off school breaks with the child- one parent has visitation during
fall and summer break while the other has winter and spring breaks, etc.
- Visitation for holidays every other year- Christmas and Easter one year
and Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve the next year, etc.
- A mother can receive visitation for Mother's day and a father can have
visitation on Father's day
- Visitation on the child's birthday every other year
There can be many other variations of visitation agreements that the court
and parents can come up with depending on the unique situation. Visitation
arrangements can also be agreed upon between the spouses without the interference
of the court. If the custodial parent agrees to a few other days for the
visiting parent to be with the child, that is acceptable and they do not
need any sort of court modification to do so. If you are going through
a divorce and have a child custody issue to settle, obtain the help of
an Annapolis divorce attorney to make sure your needs and wants are fought
for. Our firm offers a free initial consultation so you are able to
call today and ask questions or discuss the details of your situation with a skilled lawyer.