Ventura Visitation Rights Lawyer
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Parents are encouraged to cooperate and come to an agreement on custody and visitation arrangements themselves. However, if they are unable or unwilling to compromise, they are required to enlist a mediator’s help to settle on a plan. With mediation, a neutral third party attempts to identify issues preventing an agreement being reached and help generate solutions.
If either of these approaches is successful, the parents then submit their plan to a judge for review. If it is approved, it becomes an official court order and both parents must legally adhere to it. However, if neither of these options leads to an agreed upon custody arrangement, the parents will have to go to a hearing for a judge to decide. As with any court matter involving minors, the judge’s main concern is making a decision that is in the best interest of the children.
The factors that are typically taken into consideration are:
- The age of children
- Any existing contact between children and both parents
- The health, safety, and general welfare of the children
- If a parent has a history of domestic violence
- If a parent has a habit of abusing drugs and/or alcohol
- The children’s wishes (if old enough to have an informed preference)
After careful consideration, the court will create a detailed visitation schedule that attempts to head off future strife with its thoroughness. Clarifying specifics, even down to which parent is responsible for travel costs and where the pick-up and drop-off spots will be, helps to prevent tension and facilitate a peaceful environment for the children.
The court is also at liberty to determine that unsupervised visitation with one or both parents is not in the child’s best interest. If this is the case, they can require that visitation only occurs if it is supervised. In extreme cases involving domestic violence or substance abuse, visitation rights can be revoked altogether.
There Is Room for Change
Visitation orders tend to flex and grow as the children age and their needs change. A plan made for two toddlers is hardly going to hold up as they enter their teenage years, for example. This means a parent who is hoping to change the custody and visitation arrangement is able to file a motion explaining the change of circumstances they feel should alter the plan.
Whether you find yourself in the first stages of crafting a custody plan with the other parent of your children or need assistance in the court modifying one that already exists, our Ventura family lawyers have years of knowledge that allow us to provide quality legal counsel you can trust. At Zahn Law Office, your burdens are our burdens. We are prepared to help you shape your children’s future.
Speak to one of our Ventura family law attorneys right away. Call (805) 804-9100 for a free in-person consultation.