Securing Your Visitation And Parental Rights
Adult relationships do not always stand the test of time, regardless of whether shared children are part of the equation. The dissolution of a marriage or romantic relationship does not negate your parental rights. Noncustodial parents have a right to pursue the parenting time of their children. Unfortunately, asserting these rights is not always easy, and some parents may have their parental bond threatened.
At Young Law Firm, LLC, our experienced family lawyer helps clients in Cobb County, Bartow County and Cherokee County protect their parental rights and visitation time. Attorney Diana Whipkey Young will help you get the time you need to build a relationship with your child. You can learn more about how our lawyer can help by scheduling your first meeting at our Marietta office. Call us now at 770-615-7248 to set up your free, 30-minute consultation.
The Various Types Of Parenting Time
The terms of parenting time are at the discretion of the court and fall into four major categories:
- Reasonable parenting time: Generally, the terms are open-ended and allow both parents to agree upon a parenting time schedule.
- Scheduled parenting time: Dates and times of scheduled parenting times will be determined and specified by the Georgia family court.
- Supervised parenting time: In instances where the judge deems the noncustodial parent to be a potential danger to the child, all parenting times are monitored by a court-appointed adult.
- No parenting time: No parenting time rights may be ordered to the noncustodial parent if the presiding judge believes he or she poses a threat to the child’s physical or emotional well-being.
Research has reinforced the belief that in most cases children tremendously benefit when relationships are maintained with both parents following a divorce, separation or break-up. Our attorney has seen the damaging impact of denying a child regular contact with a parent. As a parent, in most cases, you are entitled to maintain a presence in your child’s life, and we will ensure that your rights are upheld.
Visitation Rights And Supervised Visitation
The parent not awarded custody in a divorce case is usually granted visitation rights. The trial judge has broad discretion in deciding this issue. The best interest of the child or children is the guiding principle for the judge’s decision.
However, in some cases, the trial judge will decide that visitation should not be allowed or should be restricted. If a noncustodial parent has a severe issue, such as a drug or alcohol problem or is violent, then the trial judge may make restrictions tailored to the case to protect the child or children. Restrictions may include that the visitation is supervised. Such supervision may be a relative or a close friend. The visitation may also be supervised by a professional agency that is in the business of providing such services.
Contact A Dedicated Visitation Lawyer
Our attorney at Young Law Firm, LLC, Diana Whipkey Young, knows the level of sensitivity involved in decisions related to parenting time rights. She will create an aggressive strategy to secure your deserved parenting time based on her more than 35 years of legal experience. Contact us at 770-615-7248 or send us an email to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation to discuss your specific circumstance.