Family law guarantees both parents equal rights when it comes to matters of child custody. In most cases, when parents are divorcing, the children are left under the mercies of the ruling judge to decide which parent should have custody.
According to the current population reports, the parent who does not get child custody also gets an opportunity to be involved in the welfare of the child through the child visitation law. Therefore, the non-custodial parent can build a relationship with the child by sharing time occasionally.
When applying for visitation rights, there are steps you should follow. These steps ensure; the other parent and the child are comfortable with the visitation plan. The first step and most appropriate is to create a visitation schedule that will suit everyone.
The second step is to streamline your visitation terms in a petition. If you were unable to agree with the custodian on visitation rights, also state this in your petition. The next step is to file the request with the court clerk. If, for instance, you have another custodial case, your visitation rights petition should fall under the same docket.
Serve the other parent with the petition as per the instruction of the court and state. Also, attend the mediation sessions. In most cases, the judge authorizes a neutral third- party to facilitate the mediation sessions to avoid deciding the case.
In case of disagreement during mediation sessions, then the judge will make his or her ruling based on the evidence collected during the hearing. If your petition proceeds to the hearing process, it is essential to attend the hearing and present your evidence to support your case.