Types of Child Visitation Plans
The parent who does not have primary custody of the children is referred to as the noncustodial parent and will instead be granted visitation rights to ensure they can maintain regular contact with their children. A visitation arrangement is also referred to as a co-parenting plan and can be entered into by agreement of the parents or by court order.
There are many different types of visitation plans, most of which include frequent and continual access between the children and the noncustodial parent. Regular weekly visits are supplemented by extended vacation visits, as well as shared holidays with the custodial parent. Visitation schedules vary depending on the age of the children and many other factors. Common visitation orders are:
- Visitation according to a schedule: A court-ordered visitation plan that details the specific dates, times, and holidays that children will spend visiting the noncustodial parent.
- Reasonable visitation: An open-ended order that allows parents to work out visitation times on their own, assuming doing so still allows for regular visits between the noncustodial parent and the children.
- Supervised visitation: If visits with the noncustodial parent could pose a threat to the children’s safety and wellbeing, visitation will be permitted only under supervision from the custodial parent, another adult, or a professional agency.
- No visitation: If visits with the noncustodial parent are deemed to be physically or emotionally damaging to the children, no visitation will be permitted.
Most of the time, visitation gradually increases over time as the children grow older and become more independent. The ultimate goal in any co-parenting plan is to come up with something that works best for the children and parents and ensures that the children are able to have healthy and functioning relationships with both parents.
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