Who can request child visitation?

When families go through a divorce, matters related to the child are often the most difficult. There are many situations where disputes regarding parenting time or child visitation arise and the parent who is being deprived of their rights may want to take legal action. This is often the case when one parent has been granted sole custody, leaving the other parent with limited rights. Requesting visitation may be the only time the noncustodial parent will be able to spend with the child so it is important for them to stand up for their parental rights. When a parent feels as though they need help determining or enforcing visitation, the court may step in and make the decision for them. The court will take a number of different factors into consideration when assessing visitation rights. Ultimately, the court will make their decision based on what is in the best interests of the child.

Another common matter that arises during divorce is that other family members fear that they may no longer be able to see the child as a result of the custody arrangement. Some family members including siblings and grandparents are allowed to request visitation time with the child as well. Please note that other relatives such as aunts, cousins, and uncles are not able to request visitation.

If you are facing contested issues of visitation, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can fight for your rights as a parent, sibling, or grandparent.

If you require strong legal representation for matters of divorce and family law, contact The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murphy to schedule a consultation today.