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Hartford Visitation Attorney Ensures Parents the Right to See Their Children

What is visitation?

Visitation refers to the time a noncustodial parent spends with his or her child. Visitation arrangements are typically built into sole and shared parenting plans to help foster healthy relationships between children and both of their parents, even though a child may live primarily with one parent. But visitation is not just allowed — in fact, most parents in Connecticut have a legal right to visit with their children, regardless of whether they have custody. At Carlo Forzani LLC, we represent parents, grandparents and other third parties seeking visitation with a particular child.

What is the difference between custody and visitation?

Child custody means the legal right to make decisions about a child’s day-to-day life, such as what he or she wears to school or eats for breakfast (physical custody), and philosophical decisions about how the child is raised, such as in regards to religion, healthcare and education (legal custody). Visitation, on the other hand, is time legally scheduled for the child and his or her noncustodial parent, grandparent or other influential adult in his or her life to spend together. Visitation does not grant the adult decision-making rights for the child in any capacity. Both custody and visitation are part of a larger parenting plan.

Who can file for visitation in Connecticut?

In Hartford and throughout the state, any individual may petition for court-mandated visitation time with a particular child. In order for visitation to be granted, he or she must prove that a parent-like relationship exists with the child and that to deny visitation would cause real and significant harm to the child. Most commonly, those who are granted visitation rights are noncustodial parents and grandparents.

Types of visitation

If the court agrees that visitation is in the child’s best interest, it will allow for one or more of the following types of visitation on a regular basis:

  • Unsupervised visitation — A visit between a parent (or other individual) and a child, with the adult generally free to take the child to a public location or his or her private residence
  • Supervised visitation — Visitation while another responsible adult, such as a grandparent, trusted third party or court-appointed official, is present
  • Virtual visitation — Visitation over the Internet, using services such as Skype, instant messaging, video chatting or emailing

Modifying a visitation order

Changing a visitation arrangement works similarly to other post divorce modifications. If changes in the circumstances of the parent or the child make their current visitation schedule unreasonable, they can seek a new arrangement by consulting a lawyer and eventually petitioning the court. Some examples of changing circumstances include the relocation of the child or adult or disrespect of the custodial parent’s wishes.

Choose a Hartford attorney who can help achieve the best visitation arrangement for you and your child

To learn more about how Carlo Forzani LLC can help you obtain or modify a visitation arrangement, call 860-841-5808 or contact our law firm online. Our legal team brings their combined experience, skills and knowledge in family law to bear when representing you.