As a child visitation family law firm in Worcester, we understand that keeping both parents in the child’s life is often in the child’s best interest. However, if you’re a parent that wants visitation rights or has a visitation agreement in place already, it’s essential to know your rights.
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families will always consider the health and safety of the child. Parents often want the best for their children, but it can be challenging to agree on all issues regarding your child. When a child is a minor, either parent has the right to file a court order for:
- Sole custody
- Parenting time
- Joint custody or primary custody
Statistically, children benefit greatly from having both parents in their lives. Children perform better in school, earn more, and have fewer health issues when both parents are in their lives. If a parent is fit for visitation or shared custody, the court will likely order visitation or shared custody.
If you are a Worcester parent that needs help with child visitation, the Law Office of Polly Tatum can assist you. We understand the complexities of family law and will work diligently to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today at (774) 366-3688 to schedule a free consultation.
How Does Child Visitation Work?
When it comes to child custody and visitation, there are many factors to consider. The court will always consider what is in the best interest of the child when making a decision. Visitation rights are a negotiation between parents. If you’re not the custodial parent, it’s crucial to have an agreement in place that outlines:
- When visits will take place
- Where children will spend holidays
- Where children will spend summer or spring break
Massachusetts law requires the court to consider the child’s best interest and if abuse occurred when determining visitation and custody. If any form of abuse occurs, the court may dictate how visitation occurs, including taking measures to protect the child’s well-being and safety.
If the abusive parent is granted visitation rights, the court may decide to:
- Require a third party to attend visits
- Prohibit overnight visits
- Require the parent to pay supervision costs
- Require a bond for the safe return of the child
Courts can decide to impose conditions on visitation to ensure that the child is safe during visits.
As a grandparent, you also have rights. For example, grandparents can seek visitation rights of their grandchildren if the parents are unmarried, separated, or divorced. The court will take the request seriously, and if a grandparent isn’t a threat to the child’s well-being, they’ll often be granted visitation rights.
It’s essential to understand that if one parent has sole custody, the other parent can’t deny grandparents visitation. If you have a good relationship with your grandchild’s other grandparents, it may be possible to work out a visitation schedule that works for everyone.
If you have any questions about your visitation rights or need help setting up a visitation agreement, contact the Law Office of Polly Tatum. We’re here to help you through this difficult time and ensure that your child’s best interests are always kept in mind. Schedule a consultation today to get started.
What If I Am Being Denied Visitation?
If the court denies you visitation rights, you can appeal the decision. An appeal is a lengthy process that requires you to prove that the court’s decision was wrong. In addition, you’ll have the burden of proof to show that you’re fit to be in your child’s life.
However, there are times when the custodial parent takes it upon themselves to deny the other parent visitation of their child, although it’s part of the parenting plan and/or custodial agreement.
In this case, where the other parent is not adhering to the agreement, you can hold them in contempt. The court will step in and enforce the custody order or the judgment against the other parent.
If there is an agreement in place, you have a right to see your child. If you’re being denied this right, contact our Worcester child visitation lawyers at the Law Office of Polly Tatum. They can help you navigate this difficult time and ensure that your rights are protected. Schedule a consultation today to get started.
How Can A Lawyer Help With Child Visitation?
A child visitation lawyer understands the ins and outs of child visitation laws. We know what tools and techniques we have at our disposal to:
- Develop evidence to back your case
- Create a case that has the best chance of success
Even the state recommends hiring a lawyer, especially if the opposing parent has a lawyer that can help them use the law to their advantage.
Custody cases can be simple, especially if both parents have come to a custody agreement together, but they’re often complex and complicated. We’ll walk you through the process, explain your rights and make sure that the court hears all of your concerns.
We’ll handle filling out the required custody forms and serve the request for custody to the other parent.
Since the complaint will go in front of a judge, it’s always in your best interest to work with a lawyer specializing in child visitation. We can also ask, at your request, to make sure that you don’t meet the other parent in court.
Lawyers will present your visitation case and can help improve your chances of a favorable outcome.
Additionally, we can help with:
- Modification of court orders or parenting plans to ensure that you have more time with your child
- Contempt issues if the opposing parent isn’t following judgment or custody orders
Lawyers can also help develop your parenting plan and can litigate for your child custody, if necessary.
How Do I Find The Right Worcester Child Visitation Lawyer For Me?
When you are fighting for your child visitation rights, you need the best Worcester child custody lawyer on your side. But how do you find the right one? Here are three reasons you should choose the Law Office Of Polly Tatum.
They Have The Experience You Need
When it comes to child visitation rights, they have the experience you need. They have been handling these types of cases for over 20 years. Our firm knows what it takes to get the job done, and we will do whatever it takes to get you the results you deserve.
They Are Compassionate & Caring
They understand how difficult this situation is for you and your family. They are here to help you every step of the way and will be there for you when you need help most.
They Will Fight For You
They will fight for your rights in court. They will do everything they can to make sure that your child is at the forefront of the court’s decision.
If you want visitation rights for your child, our firm can help. We’ll use our attorney’s experience to build a strong case for visitation rights, represent you in front of the court and help you receive the visitation rights you deserve. Contact us at (774) 366-3688 right away to discuss your particular situation.