What to Expect When You Don’t Get Child Custody: Types of Visitation

Child Custody and Visitation written on a paper and a book.If you are just separated or recently divorced, you probably haven’t given much thought to the different types of child custody and visitation until now. However, when you are looking to end your marriage, the options become extremely essential. It is normal to feel like you deserve the full custody of your children.

If the custody rights are not awarded to you, you should try to understand the different types of visitations, as explained below.

Supervised Visitation

Sometimes, the court could order supervised visitation in which case another person must be present when you are visiting your child. You will want to contact a Boulder family lawyer to help you fight for your right to choose a personal supervisor who may include a family friend or member. In other instances, a social worker might be appointed to supervise the meeting.

Supervised visitations are often ordered if the safety of the child is threatened if, for instance, there is evidence of child abuse, molestation, or negligence. The judge may also order supervised visitation when the parent is known to be a drug addict or has alcohol problems.

Unsupervised Visitation

Of all visitations, the unsupervised form is the most popular and allows the non-custodial parent to take the children to their own homes. Unsupervised visitation also enables you to go out with your child during the scheduled time. But on some occasions, you may be forced to visit the child at their custodial home, which is especially necessary if they are still breastfeeding.

Virtual Visitation

This type of visitation takes place through video conferencing. While it is not an ideal form of visitation, virtual parent-child visits offer a sense of family continuity, especially when the parents live far off from each other. It is also ideal where frequent visits are not applicable.

Child custody and visitation are often the primary concern in most divorce situations. Therefore, understanding your rights if you are not awarded the custody rights of your children is extremely important. Remember that the well-being of your children is paramount, which is why you should compromise your comfort and convenience if necessary.