Bel Air Child Visitation Lawyer
The type of visitation that you and the other parent either agree upon or that is decided upon by the judge will be based on the relationship that the parents have with each other and the relationship that the visiting parent has with the child, among other factors.
- For parents that have a decent relationship, and are able to communicate, reasonable visitation is the best solution. The parents can set up visiting times and locations on their own, and choose what fits best for their child and their own schedules.
- For parents who are not as good at communicating with each other and where the relationship has broken down to a greater degree, fixed visitation takes all of the decision making away from them and hands it to the court. The court will decide the schedule by determining the days and times that visitation occurs.
- When the visiting parent has some history of violence, incarceration, drug use, or abuse, they may only be able to visit their child or children when a third party is present. This is referred to as supervised visitation, and requires a third party, such as a social worker, to keep tabs on the visit for the child’s safety. If the court determines that even supervised visitation is not in the child’s best interests, for fear of physical or emotional harm, no visitation will be granted.
Keeping the Child’s Best Interests at the Forefront
Our attorneys help you ensure that your child’s best interests are represented throughout the stressful court process of child visitation. Usually, visitation is in the child’s best interests. For example, according to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, children perform better in school and exhibit healthier behavior when their fathers are part of their lives. On the other hand, sometimes visitation is not in the best interest of the child. Is the visiting mother or father a danger to your child? Sadly, 681,000 children are abused on a daily basis throughout the U.S. And, unfortunately, 30 percent of adults who were abused as children will go on to abuse their own children. An abusive parent is not the type of person that will have a positive influence on your child’s future. Our attorneys help solve complicated, highly emotional visitation disputes for your child’s safety and well-being.
Reach Out to a Bel Air Child Visitation Lawyer Today
Child visitation issues can be complex and stressful. Due to the importance of the matter and the benefits or harm that visitation may bring, it is strongly suggested that you contact an attorney to represent your interests in and out of court. Many visitation agreements are settled out of court, and signed by a judge, between the parents themselves, though this is not always feasible. Sometimes a judge will end up making the decision. Parenting plans must accommodate the best interests of the child, while at the same time work around the schedules of the parents.
The attorneys of Schlaich & Thompson Chartered are here to help. Contact our Bel Air offices today.