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As a parent, it is probably very important to you to be able to see your children. Ideally, children should have both parents in their lives if at all possible. Unfortunately, in some cases, child visitation can become quite complicated. However, our legal team can help you ensure that your parental rights are respected and that you are able to see your child regularly. This can be good for both you and your son or daughter.
Child visitation refers to the ability to visit with your child, even though you do not have custody of your child. In a lot of cases, parents are able to work with one another to come up with a visitation schedule that is fair and reasonable for both parents and that works out well for the child. However, some parents are not able to get along with one another well enough to do this. If this is the case, then a judge can help. If this is a situation that you are involved in and if you would like help, someone from our legal team can assist you in getting visitation of your son or daughter.
Visitation Law in New York State
In general, non-custodial parents are granted visitation by judges in New York State unless a good reason is given why this is a bad idea. At the hearing, there will be a judge present. In most cases, both parents are present, and any other family members or other witnesses who might be involved in the case may be present as well. If there is a caseworker involved with your case, he or she will also generally be present at the hearing.
There are various types of visitation. You could be granted regular visits for a few hours for each visit, or you might come up with a schedule so that your children can stay with you every other weekend or on some other similar schedule. In some cases, supervised visitation is scheduled, such as if there is reason to believe that this might be in the best interests of the child. The courts might also help with things like determining how dropoffs and pickups of the children will be handled, such as if you need to drop off and pick up your child at a neutral place to help avoid disagreements with the other parent.
How Our Legal Team Can Help You
If you have been unable to see your child because the other parent has sole custody and because you have not been able to work out a visitation agreement, then you might be dealing with a lot of emotions. It is probably very important to you to be able to see your child, and you could be wondering how you can handle the case. Filing a visitation petition with New York State for a visitation hearing is often the first step if two parents are not able to work things out on their own.
Of course, you do not actually have to work with a lawyer in order to fill out a petition for a visitation hearing. However, since this is a very important matter, you probably want to make sure that you handle things the right way. If you hire one of our experienced family court lawyers, then you can have the professional assistance that you need when filling out your petition and when going to court. This can be comforting when you are going through such a difficult time, and it can also help you ensure that your case is handled properly and that you get the visitation that you deserve.