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What are the visitation rights for parents denied custody?

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2022 | Family Law |

Connecticut parents who are denied custody of their children oftentimes can feel lost in how to negotiate for visitation rights. Thankfully, the court encourages both parents to be heavily involved in the children’s lives and will often encourage generous visitation rights.

What are some reasons the court denied custody?

Generally, the court will take the child’s best interests into consideration when deciding who gets primary custody. While sometimes this can look at more extreme cases – such as the ability to provide for the child – it can oftentimes come down to whichever parent’s more convenient for the child.

For example, if one parent is remaining in the family home, the court might decide that the child should stay with that parent. Other times, the court will grant custody to whatever parent has been more involved in the child’s direct care up until that point.

What does visitation typically look like?

Visitation can take many forms and oftentimes, is likely to change based on what’s going on in the family’s life. Usually, the court will say that the parent who does not have primary custody will get the child on the weekends or every other weekend.

Sometimes, visitation can include one or two weeknights that the child will stay with the other parent – either weekly or alternating weeks. It’s not uncommon for parents to come to their own agreements on custody as well.

Helpful tips for keeping visitation

Sometimes visitation rights can be stripped away based on a parent’s past behavior. For example, if a parent hasn’t had contact with the child or exercised their visitation rights in the past, the court may take them away.

Generally, it’s important to remain in contact with your child even when they’re not in your physical custody. That and being willing to compromise will ensure that your visitation rights will remain in place for years to come.