Virginia child visitation laws are guidelines for defining the conditions in which a non-custodial parent can communicate with and/or contact the child. If the parents can agree to a visitation plan, the courts may adopt the plan. However, if the parents fail to reach an agreement they are often encouraged to seek mediation, help from independent third parties, or settle their dispute in court. The terms a court can order for child visitation could vary state by state. But generally, Virginia child visitation laws allow reasonable visitation rights for non-custodial parents.
Virginia courts can grant some form of child visitation to any party with a legitimate interest in the child’s life, including grandparents or other family members. Although the courts can deny visitation, it is very rare that Virginia courts order complete denial of child visitation. Occasionally, the courts order supervised child visitation in the company of a designated person. Often times, the courts can temporarily halt child visitation for a specified time. Furthermore, Virginia courts have the authority to suspend child visitation orders if a party has failed to meet financial obligations to the child.
Child visitation disputes can be emotional and frustrating. Often times a parent feels like her or she is helpless. Raheen Law Group can help you analyze all your options and assist you in moving forward. If you are involved in a dispute over child visitation and you wish to speak with us about your specific situation, please contact us for a consultation.