What are Visitation Rights?
Divorces can take on many emotional characteristics. Some divorces are hostile arguments, some are mild-mannered discussions, and some are a combination of both. But no matter how amicable your divorce is, it’s essential that you have a family law team help with visitation rights.
Many parents come up with an agreement together that outlines when each parent will see the child(ren) and where drop off and pick up locations will be, and what major holidays will be reserved for which parent. If one or both parents wishes that the visitation agreements change, a petition can be filed for a modification of visitation.
However, even if the agreement starts out as friendly, arguments and disputes can easily arise down the road. As HG.org Legal Resources points out, people and circumstances change, which in turn might change perspectives on visitation. One parent might even develop a lifestyle or relationship that the other parent doesn’t like. If your visitation schedule and expectations are backed by the law, you can work towards justice much easier.
What If I Am Denied My Visitation Rights?
Through an argument, or some other reason, you might find your ex-spouse trying to keep you from seeing your children, even if it directly contradicts your visitation agreements. If your ex-spouse refuses to grant you your legal access to your visitation, you may file a motion for contempt. Based on the evidence you provide; the court will consider if an existing visitation order was violated.
Because the court will examine your evidence, it is critical that you start compiling proof of instances when you were denied visitation – either physically or verbally. We suggest that you keep an accurate record of meetings, phone calls, and any correspondence in which you were denied visitation. Based on this evidence presented, the court may amend the visitation agreement or order a fine or even jail time.
What’s Best for My Children?
At The Zwiebel Law Firm, we are passionate about upholding your rights, and protecting the wellbeing of your child. Most professionals agree that children benefit from having frequent contact and interaction with both of their parents. As Very Well Family acknowledges, courts often suggest that children should have at least as much interaction with both parents as they did before the separation. When we help you achieve justice regarding your visitation rights, we are also helping to secure the wellbeing of your child or children.
Let’s work together to find the best possible solution for you and your family, and then make it happen! Contact us online anytime or give us a call at 205-623-1001.
The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
826 Columbiana Road
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 623-1001