Sharing a child with one’s ex following a painful divorce can be difficult for Alabama parents to do. After spending each day with one’s child in a family home, a parent may find their time with their child significantly reduced or even subject to a schedule. In some family law cases, parents share custodial duties to provide their kids with support and care. In other cases, one parent has custodial rights over the children and the other has rights to visitation.
Visitation is a noncustodial right that allows a parent to spend time with their child in a supervised or unsupervised setting. Based on the dynamics of the parents and the needs of the children, a court may allow parents to work out their own visitation schedules to ensure that the noncustodial parent’s time with their kids is reasonable. When this is not possible, parents may have to draft and approve a schedule that dictates when and where a noncustodial parent will have time to share with their children.
In situations where the health or safety of a child may be in questions when they are with their noncustodial parent, a court may order that any visitation time between them is supervised. Supervised visitation generally involves the inclusion of a third party at all visitation sessions who may oversee the encounter between the parent and their child.
When a parent is unable to live near their child and cannot have visitation in person with them, they may be able to obtain virtual visitation time with them. Virtual visitation time can involve scheduled or unscheduled FaceTime, Skype, texting or emailing, or other technology sessions between parents and kids. Individuals who wish to explore this option may wish to discuss it with their family law attorneys.
Visitation is a component of family law that is often grouped with custody but that represents an important area of rights for parents to stay involved in their children’s lives. This post does not provide any legal advice or guidance. It is offered only as information on an important family law topic.