What parents should know about visitation
Generally speaking, Missouri parents are allowed to have a relationship with their children after a divorce. This may be true even if a parent is not allowed to have custody of a son or daughter. When making a physical custody ruling, a judge must ensure that the best interests of the child are being met. In some cases, it is easier for a child to live primarily with one parent.
Those who are denied custody rights are generally granted visitation rights, and the parents themselves may create a parenting plan that meets their needs as well as the needs of their children. However, a judge can create a visitation schedule if the parents are unable to. Noncustodial parents are encouraged to spend as much time with their children as possible. Otherwise, they may risk having their parenting time reduced or eliminated altogether.
Individuals who are unable to physically be with their children may be able to obtain virtual visitation rights. This may allow noncustodial parents to have video chats with their kids, exchange emails or communicate through instant messaging apps. If a court believes that a parent could be a danger to a child, that parent may be granted supervised visitation. As the name suggests, another person will accompany a child during visits with a mother or father.
An attorney may be able to help a parent maintain a relationship with his or her child. This may be done by convincing a judge that an individual has the ability to provide a safe and stable environment for the child. Individuals who want expanded visitation or custody rights may be able to demonstrate their fitness to be parents by attending parenting classes. They may also help themselves by moving to a safer neighborhood or getting a full-time job.