Visitation

Riverside Child Visitation Attorney

How Custody & Visitation Rights Affect a Family

There are two major factors that affect a parent's visitation rights: "what seems necessary or proper" (CAL. FAM CODE § 3022) and the "best interest of the child" (CAL. FAM CODE § 3011). At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we help parents protect their rights to visitation before, during, and after the divorce process has begun. Our clients can trust the 50+ years of collective legal experience that our Riverside family lawyers use to find effective resolutions to family law issues.

How Do I Make Visitation Arrangements?

Visitation may be worked out between the two parents. Parents can collaborate to create a visitation schedule that works in their favor. A family court will typically uphold these arrangements, as long as it serves the best interests of the child. In other cases, a judge may intervene and order changes.

The following factors often affect a visitation schedule:

  • Location of each parent's residence
  • Distance that non-custodial parent lives from child
  • Work schedules of each parent
  • School schedule of the child

A legitimate visitation agreement requires court approval. This is because the primary goal of the court is to ensure that best interests of the child are protected in the family arrangement. Deciding on visitation without court approval can leave parents vulnerable to legal consequences in the future.

No visitation or custody arrangement is set in stone. Contact our firm and take action to protect your relationship with your child!

Visitation Rights & Divorce

Depending on the circumstances of a divorce, one or both parents may be granted custody of children; however, if only one parent is granted physical custody, the other parent is typically awarded visitation rights. Visitation grants non-custodial parents the opportunity to spend time with their children and participate in their upbringing, despite no longer living in the same household.

Parents may not automatically retain rights to visitation. Situations may arise where a non-custodial parent's visitation rights are at risk of being reduced or revoked. Histories of domestic violence, substance abuse, or other factors that may be considered detrimental to a child's well-being could impede a parent's relationship for years after a divorce procedure has concluded. Discuss your case with a Riverside divorce attorney today to learn about your visitation rights.

How Visitation Affects Child Support

In many cases, the primary caretaker of the child also receives child support payments. Non-custodial parent are often required to pay child support to the other parent. Because child support is a court order, there are legal consequences for failing to make these payments and abide by the order.

Child support payments are determined by several factors, including:

  • The number of children
  • The needs of the children
  • Yearly income of both parents

It is important for child support payments to reflect the needs and interests of the entire family. A skilled visitation rights lawyer may guide you through the process of taking legal action. Petitioning a court to reevaluate the order may allow the payments to better reflect your financial circumstances.

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As each parent moves on in their separate lives, they may undergo many changes to their lifestyles and schedules that make existing custody and visitation arrangements unmanageable. Petitioning a court to modify these arrangements is the first step to protecting your relationship with your children. With the help of divorce attorneys in Riverside, the process does not have to be a hassle.

Trying to resolve a visitation issue outside of court or without legal counsel may only create more trouble for you and your family. Attorney Danica Hanich is a board-certified family law specialist with 14+ years of exclusive practice in family law. Her skills and experience as a legal specialist work to the advantage of our clients who face complex legal issues involving visitation rights.

Let us help you maintain an active role in your child's life.
Schedule a free consultation with our full-service firm today and discuss your visitation case!