In the state of California, the noncustodial parent has rights to
visitation of their children that are subject to the discretion of the court. The
family judge's top priority is the wellbeing of the children, and
will award visitation based on what he or she believes is in their best
interests. There are four main types of visitation:
Reasonable visitation: Typically, an order for reasonable visitation is open-ended and enables
the parents to work out a visitation plan on their own. This order is
often made when the parents have an amicable relationship that focuses
on what is best for their children. However, even if the parents communicate
well and are flexible, disagreements can occur that will cause complications
in the visitation schedule.
Scheduled visitation: In many situations, it is helpful for the family to have a detailed visitation
plan that specifically describes when each parent has visitation with
the children. The schedule will outline the dates and times of visitation,
including special occasions, holidays, and vacations.
Supervised visitation: If the judge believes the noncustodial parent could pose a threat to
the safety and wellbeing of the children, they may order all visits to
be supervised by the other parent, another adult, or a professional agency.
The judge may also order supervised visitation if the children and parent
need time to get familiar with each other.
No visitation: If the court determines that the children could suffer physical or emotional
damage by visiting with the noncustodial parent, even while supervised,
the judge may order no visitation. In such situations, the noncustodial
parent will be ordered to have absolutely no contact with the children.
At Claery & Green, LLP our team is dedicated to helping parents protect
their relationships with their children, and we can advocate for you before
the court. It is very important that you retain knowledgeable representation
to ensure your rights are not violated and that your voice is heard at
your visitation hearing. Contact our experienced family attorneys to discuss
your situation and learn more about your legal options.