Tallahassee Visitation Attorneys
Helping You Pursue the Best Outcome in Your Visitation Case
In a child custody arrangement, one parent may gain visitation rights that determine when, where, and how they can spend time with their children. If you're about to engage in a child custody case, understanding the role of visitation in your custody dispute is vital.
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we'll advocate for you in court and help you find the best path forward in your case.
To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (850) 307-5211.
How Does Visitation Work in Florida?
As we write about on our child custody page, Florida courts determine custody arrangements through the child(ren)'s best interests. In other words, a court will prioritize a custody arrangement that serves the child over one that serves the parents.
Courts typically try to give parents "shared parental responsibility," more commonly known or referred to as "joint custody."
In a joint custody arrangement, the child typically has the option to live with each parent for a roughly equal amount of time.
However, if the court thinks it serves the child better - either because one parent is unfit to act as a caregiver or has something else preventing them from housing a child - the court may give one party sole parental responsibility.
In situations where the child lives with one parent, the other parent may be able to obtain visitation rights so they can still see and interact with their child.
How will Visitation Work for My Case?
How visitation looks for your case depends on the circumstances of your legal dispute.
For example, suppose the parent requesting legal rights is deemed an unfit caregiver by the court. In that case, they may only be able to obtain supervised visitation rights (accompanied by another individual to ensure the child's safety).
Alternatively, suppose a parent needs visitation rights for a different reason - such as having a work schedule that doesn't allow them to house the child or is unable to receive custody for some other reason. In that case, they may obtain a less restrictive form of custody.
Some factors that may make a court name a parent as "unfit" include:
- Engaging in substance abuse;
- Engaging in child abuse or neglect;
- Setting inappropriate boundaries for the child;
- Refusing to look after the child's welfare or attend to their needs;
- Refusing to cooperate with the other parent in good faith;
- Being diagnosed with a psychiatric illness that makes them incapable of caring for their child.
Your relationship with your co-parent could also impact your case.
In situations where co-parents are amicable, they can draft a parenting plan on their own. The court can then approve the parenting plan, legalizing it. In this way, a parent who wants a visitation arrangement can develop one that meets their needs with their co-parent.
Conversely, if you and your co-parent have an adverse relationship, the court may need to establish a parenting plan on your behalf. In this case, the court may determine a visitation arrangement on the behalf of the parent seeking visitation rights.
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we'll represent you in your visitation case so you can confidently navigate your visitation case.
To schedule a consultation with one of our Tallahassee visitation attorneys, contact us online or via phone at (850) 307-5211.