Divorce:

Visitation

Visitation is considered granted to the non-custodial parent of any child of the family. The standard visitation awards by the family court in most U.S. states consists of alternating weekends and some holidays (usually amounting to four days a month unless the parent allows an increase in shared parenting time). Parents often believe that they have a right to visitation with their children. However, courts do what is in the best interests of the child, even if that means denying parental or access to the children. Many noncustodial parents have visitation orders that allow the children to visit with them without any supervision. These visits often take place away from the custodial residence. Sometimes the parent is granted overnight visitation, weekend visitation, or vacation visitation. Parents may also share custody and agree to allow visitation. In these situations a court order may not be needed, though sometimes it is obtained to protect against later disputes about what the parents had previously agreed to.

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