In a perfect world, parents who are separated would be able to work out the details of visitation with the child or children they have in common and trust one another to abide by the terms to which they agree. In some cases, however, it may be necessary for the court to lay out a visitation schedule for the respective parties. In New York, the Family Court does everything possible to foster a relationship between the child and each parent. In order to achieve this, the court orders visitation for the non-custodial parent and his/her child or children.
New York Courts ensure “frequent and meaningful” visitation with the non-custodial parent. Generally, the Court will try to arrange visitation such that each parent gets as close to equal time with the children as possible, while also taking into account the parties’ and children’s schedules. If the parent lives far away, this schedule can be amended to fit each parent’s need. The court will examine the facts of the situation in order to determine how to best foster these visits for each parent.
If there is a situation where visitation would be harmful for the child, it may be possible for the court to deny visitation rights. Often times the Court will order supervised visitation in order to protect the child while allowing a parent the opportunity to build a relationship with the child.
If you are the custodial parent and you worry that your child may be in danger, or visitation may otherwise be detrimental to his/her well-being, contact your child visitation attorney immediately. A parent should never unilaterally decide to impede or deny visitation for the other parent. Even if there is back-due child support, a parent should abide by the court-ordered visitation. If there is an immediate concern about safety, a lawyer can explain exactly what you should do to keep your child safe while respecting the orders of the court.
At The Law Offices of Seidner & Associates, we can help explain the visitation laws in New York and work to come to a fair agreement between you and your child’s parent. If you are the custodial parent who worries about your child’s safety, we will make sure that your child is safe while building a relationship with the other parent. To learn more about visitation laws in New York, contact The Law Offices of Seidner & Associates right away.