Visitation disputes tend to be one of the most emotionally charged issues during a divorce. If you are a parent looking to maintain an active presence in your child’s life, it is vital that you retain strong legal representation to protect your rights. At the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC, our Dutchess County visitation attorneys understand how precious your children are to you, and we are willing to go the distance in the pursuit of a desirable outcome on your behalf.
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In New York, parents who do not have physical custody of their child will oftentimes be able to secure frequent and meaningful visitation privileges. While the determination of visitation rights is often a part of the divorce process, visitation is also relevant for non-custodial parents of children born out of wedlock. Visitation schedules decide who cares for a child on which days, oftentimes involving a rotating or fixed schedule. Visitation arrangements are decided in consideration of a number of different factors, though the child’s best interests will always be the primary guiding force.
A judge’s decision will be influenced by the following:
Once a judge has examined all evidence, a final decision will be made. Visitation is only denied if it is deemed that it would be detrimental to a child’s development or otherwise unsafe. Depending on the unique circumstances, visitation arrangements can be supervised by a court liaison, unsupervised, or supervised by a mental health professional. If a parent refuses to comply with a court ordered visitation schedule, the other parent can challenge their custody. Grandparents and half-siblings can also apply for visitation rights, though this is usually only granted if a parent is deceased or it is deemed in the best interests of the child.
Your chances of securing a positive outcome are only as good as the legal team by your side. At the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC, our firm’s compassionate Dutchess County family lawyers can provide the results-driven representation you deserve. With constant communication and an unshakable commitment to preserving your wellbeing, our legal professionals can answer any questions you may have and guide you step-by-step through this difficult experience.
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