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How do visitation rights work?

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2023 | Child Custody

When parents in Maryland end their marriage, issues surrounding the children and custody arrangements are typically the most emotional and challenging parts of the divorce process. If parents are unable to put their differences aside and agree on a child custody arrangement, the court will intervene and determine what type of arrangement is appropriate for the specific situation. In some cases, one parent may be awarded primary custody while the other parent is given visitation time. Here are two common ways these visitations are set up. 

Supervised visits 

If the children are exposed to potential risks by spending time alone with the noncustodial parent, then the court may order supervised visits. This may happen when there is past abuse, neglect or domestic violence in the family. Supervised visits typically take place at certain times and locations, and must be supervised by a specific person or agency, as specified by the court. 

Unsupervised visits 

If there are no risks to the children by spending time with the noncustodial parent, then unsupervised visits are appropriate. Typically, the parents do an exchange of the children, but they can also have their appointed representatives do the exchange. Then, the parent with visitation rights has the right to parenting time with the children for the period specified in the court-approved parenting plan. 

Help with child custody issues 

Children usually benefit when both parents remain involved in their lives, but in some cases, it just isn’t the best option. Parents in Maryland who have questions or need help with child custody issues can get help by speaking with a legal professional. A knowledgeable family law attorney can protect parental rights and provide guidance every step of the way. 

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