Child Visitation vs. Child Access
“Child visitation” presupposes that a child or children live with one parent and the other parent must secure “visitation rights” with their own children. The phrase “child visitation” is increasingly being criticized and is being replaced with the term “child access.” The term “child access” does not have the negative implication of a parent having to “visit” with their own child.
How Is a Child Visitation Schedule Determined?
Many factors are considered when determining a child visitation schedule. The primary consideration is, "What is in the best interests of the child?" The best interests of a child is determined on a case-by-case basis upon consideration of all relevant facts concerning the circumstances of both parents. For example, if the child is six months old, access is different than if the child is 16 years old. If the non-custodial parent lives close by, access will be different than if they live 1,000 miles away.
What Is a Typical Child Visitation Schedule?
While there really is no such thing as an “average child visitation case,” a child visitation schedule commonly consists of every other weekend, and one or two days mid-week every week together with holiday and vacation time. A child visitation schedule can also include not only physical access but access via other methods such as telephone or skype.
To learn more about child visitation, read our “Child Custody & Visitation FAQ” page.
My name is Jim Katz and I have been practicing family law for over 30 years. I understand that divorcing parents have many factors to consider and decisions to make about child visitation. I invite you to call our law firm today at (860) 871-9449 for a free consultation to learn how I can help you sort through these factors and create a child visitation schedule that works for your family.