Santa Clarita Visitation Rights
Defend Your Right to Be Involved in Your Child's Life
Divorce has a strong and detrimental impact on the lives of children who are "stuck in the middle." This impact can be reduced, however, by obtaining court orders for child custody, child support, and visitation rights so that the child still has the support and involvement of both parents in their lives. If you are looking to get a divorce or have already obtained one, make sure you keep the right to visit your children by hiring a Santa Clarita visitation attorney from Cutter & Lax.
How do I obtain visitation rights in California?
The only way you can have confidence in obtaining visitation rights is by having a skilled lawyer by your side. Family law courts consider a child's best interest when making decisions involving children, including visitation rights. If you have not been granted custody of your child, our team will fight on your side and present a strong argument proving that your child would benefit by having you remain a part of their life. You can also negotiate visitation rights through an uncontested divorce, such as mediation or collaboration. This allows you and the other party in divorce to avoid the stressful and emotional process of divorce litigation.
Types of Visitation Orders in Santa Clarita, California
If you are unable to have full custody of your child(ren), you will be able to create a visitation, or a time-share, plan which permits you specific and pre-planned time with your child(ren). These are a crucial aspect of allowing parents and their child(ren) to maintain a healthy, consistent relationship – allowing for them to have continuous, open communication with one another. These visitation plans, however, are as varied as the people who are seeking them; no two are alike.
Below, we explain some of the main types of visitation orders:
- Scheduled Visitations: These are the most common and include detailed plans for when and where children will be visiting their other parent. This helps to ease the confusion which is common with transportation and planning and includes dates, times and locations. This can be as easy as every-other weekend, can include birthdays and major holidays or even vacations.
- Reasonable Visitation: These are a more open-ended solution for parents who are looking to draft a visitation plan without having to set everything into stone. There are rarely any specific details about when and where visitations occur, allowing for more flexibility with scheduling. If parents choose this type of visitation order, it is crucial that communication and trust remain open.
- Supervised Visitation: In cases where the child's safety is in question, scheduled visitations will be required to have direct supervision. This occurs, for example, in cases where there is a history of family violence and/or substance abuse. Supervision may come from the other parent, another trustworthy adult or even a professional agency. It can also be utilized in cases of long absence where the child and parent need a structured environment to get to know one another slowly.
- No Visitation: In the most drastic of cases, no visitation will be awarded. This is in cases where the child's health and safety would be directly harmed by the allowance of visitation.
Contact the Firm
Call the offices of Cutter & Lax right away if you are looking to obtain visitation rights. We have extensive experience inside and outside of family law court and are prepared to mediate, counsel, or litigate in order to obtain a court order for visitation. We are also skilled in obtaining court order modifications for visitation. Each attorney with our firm truly cares for their clients and the results of their case, so contact us today to consult for free with a divorce lawyer who can help.