Common concerns surround child custody and visitation

Visitation is a significant concern for many parents including divorcing parents. Child custody and visitation issues can be especially challenging for parents. In general, parents are entitled to reasonable visitation of their children. Parents are encouraged to work out a visitation plan that is best for their children and their family. Parents working together to develop a visitation plan is preferred the court imposing a visitation schedule on the couple.

The family law court, however, is able to help parents develop a visitation plan when they are unable to work together and agree. There are different types of custody arrangements including sole or joint custody. In Florida, shared custody is preferred when possible. The custodial parent is the parent that has physical custody of the child. Custody is generally discussed in terms of physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where the child lives and legal custody refers to which parent makes important decisions for the child and parents may share both forms of custody.

There are a variety of important concerns related to visitation that include the details of the visitation schedule and if grandparents have visitation rights. Grandparent visitation rights vary by state so it is important to be familiar with the laws in the state where the family resides. A variety of child custody and visitation concerns can be addressed through the family law process.

The family law system provides resources for families in different circumstances to resolve the concerns they may have. Each family situation is unique which is why the child custody and visitation process is designed to develop a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child and works best for the family.

Source:, "Parental Visitation Rights FAQ," Accessed June 28, 2017

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