Maryland Visitation Lawyer
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Divorce is never easy for anyone but can be particularly harsh on parents. Where
two people were able to share the burden of childrearing, now the bulk
of the responsibility could rest with a single parent. However, most parents
do have a right to see their children. If one parent seeks to deny or
limit visitation to the other parent, this might have a devastating effect
on the child.
Types of Visitation
A court could rule that if you don’t get partial
custody of your child, you at least have some visitation rights. There are three types of visitation
the court could grant:
Reasonable visitation includes leaving it to the parents to decide visitation time. For separating
couples able to agree on a schedule, this is the best option. However,
the parent with custodial rights does have more power and influence over
how long visitation will last and under what circumstances. If the custodial
parent is belligerent in allowing visitation rights, the noncustodial
parent can ask the judge to intervene. A judge can then issue
fixed visitation, or a ruling on exactly how often the noncustodial parent can visit the
child. For example, the noncustodial parent could be granted Monday and
Friday nights, meaning the child would spend those time periods with them.
Judges might rely on fixed visitation when there is a conflict between
parents or to provide the child with a sense of stability.
If a spouse was abusive in the past, he or she would still have a right
to visit his or her children, but under close observation. This type of
supervised, meaning the abusive parent can only interact with his or her child while
accompanied by another adult.
Sometimes courts must intervene on behalf of grandparents who wish to visit
their grandchildren. When couples divorce, a parent unrelated to their
ex-spouse’s parents may not want to interact with them anymore.
If this happens, the grandparents must prove that by restricting their
visitation rights, it will cause emotional damage to the child. However,
more and more cases of grandparents winning visitation rights have happened
in the past few decades.
Trust Our Family Law Experience
If you’re prepared to fight for your visitation rights, contact one
of our Maryland visitation attorneys. We’re ready to fight for you.
Contact us at (301) 870-1200 or fill out our online form with your case details.
We’re also available to the following counties: Charles, Calvert,
Prince George, and Anne Arundel.