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California family courts value the importance of parents’ involvement in the lives of their children. This is why most parents who are not awarded physical custody of their children have the right to maintain contact with them through visitation. By establishing a clear and effective parenting plan, parents can ensure the best interests of their children, avoid potential conflicts or have options for when conflicts arise, and maintain an active presence in their children’s’ lives. Visitation may also be granted to relatives or third parties other than parents, provided that they play a role in the lives of the children.
At Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC, our Riverside family lawyers draw from over two centuries of collective legal experience to help clients successfully navigate a range of family law matters, including those involving child custody, child support, and visitation. If you are looking to establish a fair parenting plan that protects your right to visitation, or if you wish to address another concern regarding visitation, you can be confident about placing your trust in our proven team. Why?
- We have 5 certified family law specialists on our team.
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Understanding Visitation Rights
If you are the legal parent of a child, you have visitation rights, even if you are the noncustodial parent who was not awarded physical custody of your children. Under California Family Code § 3100-3105, grandparents may also have the right to reasonable visitation. This means parents or grandparents are allowed to have regular contact with a child, provided that contact is in their best interests. Asserting your right to visitation may require a plan for parenting time that establishes the details of visitation.
Under California law, visitation can be:
- Scheduled visitation – Plans for “time-share” that detail when a parent can spend time with their child, including special events, holidays, and vacations. Visitation may also include phone calls or video calls.
- Reasonable visitation – Reasonable visitation allows parents to work out the details of when children will be with either parent. Although it allows for flexibility, it may result in conflict, especially as a result of poor communication
- Supervised visitation – In cases where circumstances may pose potential risks to parents or children, supervised visitation may be used. This means that a parent must be supervised by the other parent, an approved person, or a professional agency.
- No visitation – Visitation will not be granted if it is not in the best interests of a child, particularly when there is the risk of domestic violence or abuse.
As with all matters handled by family courts involving children, the best interests of a child will always reign supreme in determining whether to grant visitation and in what form. Factors considered include the ties between a child and the party that wishes to gain visitation, a history of family violence, the ability of a parent to provide and care for a child, and more.
Legal Help with Visitation
Our legal team at Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC provides comprehensive representation to our clients, which means we often assist in matters involving custody and visitation as part of their cases. We also offer our services to individuals who may wish to seek visitation, contest visitation, or address any other related matter. Examples of the issues we can help address include:
- Visitation and parenting plans
- Grandparent rights
- Modifications to visitation
- Visitation appeals
- Domestic violence
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As a firm that makes the needs and interests of our clients a priority, Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC focuses on speaking personally with clients, understanding their situation, and providing the counsel and support needed to pursue a positive resolution. If you have questions regarding your unique case, we invite you to speak with a member of our legal team to learn how we can help.
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