Understanding visitation rights

A divorce is a life-altering event, and heightened emotions can lead to poor decisions on the part of both parties.

When a couple divorces, the court will order child visitation at reasonable places and times and will leave it up to the parents to determine a more exact arrangement and schedule.  Reasonable visitation is flexible and takes into account the activities and schedules of all concerned.  The parent with physical custody has major input into the visitation schedule since the child lives with that parent on a daily basis and is not obligated to agree to a visitation schedule suggested by the non-custodial parent.

However, it would be ideal if both parents had good communication and act in the best interests of their child.  If you believe that your former spouse is not allowing you reasonable visitation with your child, you have the right to request a fixed visitation schedule.

Contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will help you to negotiate a visitation arrangement that will work for both you and your child.