In Texas, the courts understand the importance of a child having proper access to both parents. While one parent will typically have full custody of a child, visitation rights allow the non-custodial parent to continue to spend quality time with their child and be involved in their life. Our team at the Family Law firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, can help you with all aspects of visitation, including understanding your rights, designing a mutually beneficial visitation schedule, modifying your existing order, or fighting for parents who have been denied their rights. To exercise your visitation rights, contact our office online today or call 817-572-9900.
What Are Visitation Rights?
When parents separate or get divorced, the children spend the majority of the time with one parent. The other parent is allowed to see their kids by exercising visitation rights. Allowing children to continue to spend time with their non-custodial parent helps to foster a strong bond between parent and child and ensures the non-custodial parent maintains access to their children.
How Are Visitation Rights Established?
In most cases, the right to visitation is determined during the course of a divorce proceeding. However, not all parents are married. It is also possible to seek a change in visitation rights after a change in circumstances makes the original visitation arrangement no longer feasible. If visitation rights are not being honored, a request to the court for enforcement of an existing order may become necessary. In each of these circumstances, it is crucial to partner with a family law attorney who knows the intricacies of family law and will look out for the best interests of your child.
Donna can help you in establishing or seeking enforcement of visitation rights.
How Is a Visitation Schedule Created?
A visitation schedule can be agreed upon by the parents, but might also need to be implemented by the court. If parents are not able to agree on a visitation schedule, the court will intervene and develop one that works best for the child. When considering what type of schedule will best suit your child, the court examines the emotional ties the child has to the parent, the financial ability of the parent to provide for the child, and whether a safe and stable home exists with the non-custodial parent. For example, a visitation schedule may involve:
- The first, third, and fifth (when applicable) weekend of each month. The weekend begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and runs until 6:00 pm on Sunday.
- Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
- A month over summer break.
- Every other holiday, such as every other Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fall Break, and Spring Break from school.
This example is general, and if your needs are not met by this type of schedule, the Court will consider other schedules. You may also seek to have an existing schedule modified if the needs of your family change over time. It is also possible to seek enforcement of a schedule if the custodial parent has denied visitation rights to the non-custodial parent. Donna is committed to finding a solution that is mutually beneficial to both parents, because she believes doing so provides the maximum benefit to your child.
Our Firm Is Here for You
The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt knows how important it is to spend time with your kids. She can help you in establishing or seeking enforcement of visitation rights. For more information, call our office at 817-572-9900, or contact us online.