Visitation Arrangements: Helping You Prepare A Schedule That Benefits You And Your Child

According to the North Carolina courts, it is usually considered desirable for a child to have regular contact with both parents following a divorce or breakup. There are some exceptions to this idea, of course, including situations where a parent is abusive, dependent on alcohol or drugs, or incarcerated. Absent such issues, it is generally in the best interests of the child to be able to form bonds with both parents.

At Scott Law Group, PLLC, we have experience helping clients create suitable visitation arrangements and modify existing arrangements when necessary. Since 1999, our firm has helped individuals and families in the Piedmont Triad and across North Carolina who need help with divorce, custody, support and all other family law issues. Our attorneys take the time to understand each family's dynamics, then work toward outcomes that benefit children and parents alike.

Visitation Schedules To Meet Your Needs

As mentioned, in situations where both parties are capable and willing co-parents, visitation is encouraged and is often the best way to develop and maintain strong bonds with children. To achieve this goal, parents are free to work out virtually any type of arrangement that meets their needs. One popular visitation schedule is the "4-3" schedule, where the child spends four nights a week with one parent and three nights a week with the other. Which days are spent with dad and which with mom depend on the family's needs. There are no hard-and-fast legal rules.

The "4-3" schedule and others like it do have some drawbacks to consider. One, there are frequent exchanges of children, which require parents to communicate and see each other quite often. Another, children themselves can struggle with the frequent changing back and forth.

The variety of possible custody and visitation arrangements is only limited by the unique features of your family — parents' work schedules, a child's extracurricular activities and any number of other factors. The lawyers at Scott Law Group, PLLC, can help you create a plan that fits your life.

What About Supervised Visitation?

Supervised visitation is a special situation where one parent believes his or her co-parent should not be alone with the child. North Carolina courts are hesitant to allow this arrangement because it may interfere with the forming of bonds between the child and parent, and because the presence of a supervisor can add tension and uncertainty to what should be a relaxed parent-child interaction. The parent requesting supervised visitation has a heavy burden to prove to the court that such an arrangement is necessary.

There are certain instances where supervised visitation is appropriate, such as if a parent has a temporary mental or emotional condition, or drug or alcohol addiction that makes unsupervised parenting time unsafe. These parents still love their children, but simply may not be capable of caring for a child without help.

Are There Situations Where No Visitation Is Allowed?

Yes, but it is not very common. A parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol may not be allowed visitation until he or she completes rehabilitation and is no longer abusing substances. A parent who has a history of domestic violence may be denied visitation, as might a parent who is incarcerated. Note that visitation cannot be denied simply because a parent has failed to pay child support.

Learn More About Parenting Time From Our Lawyers

To arrange an initial consultation to learn how Scott Law Group, PLLC, can help you reach a custody and visitation arrangement that is in the best interests of your child, please call our Kernersville law firm today at 336-310-8569. You can also call toll free at 800-566-2907. To receive a prompt response from our staff, take a moment to complete our contact form.