What is Visitation?
Visitation is considered a limited form of custody in which one parent - usually the one who does not have physical custody- is allowed to visit with the child. If there’s no agreement in place, a parent can request visitation through the courts.
If a court decides to grant the abuser visitation, you can recommend that it be supervised at a court agency to protect your children’s safety. Alternatively, you should come to court prepared with the name and contact information of a trusted third party, like a friend or relative, who is willing to supervise visitations. You can also specifically request that the supervised visitation-both the exchange and actual visit- happen in a public place. For your own safety, visitation and custody arrangements, exchanges and supervision should be handled by a trusted third party whenever possible, to minimize your contact with your abuser.
Visitation may also be granted to third parties, like grandparents, depending on the individual state law.
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