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Baltimore & Towson Lawyer Discusses Supervised and Unsupervised Visitation

Written by Amar Weisman » October 26, 2013 »

When two people who share a child decide to end their personal relationship with each other, it can be very painful, particularly for the child. Normally, the Circuit Court for Baltimore County likes to make sure that both of a child's parents remain as involved in his or her life as much as possible, but only if it's in the child's best interest. For couples who are going through a divorce and/or are unable to reach custody and visitation agreements on their own, the court can step in and establish visitation, especially if they are involved in child custody proceedings.

Your Baltimore and Towson family law attorney will tell you that visitation rights are a key component in any proceeding that involves child custody matters. Please note that while parents have rights with respect to their children, the court will take a deep look at the behavior of the parents, both past and present.

Determining Visitation Rights

Naturally, if parents can reach their own agreements with respect to visitation, that would be preferable. But if the parents are at an impasse, then the court can assist in finding the most plausible arrangement for all involved. Additionally, there are also times when there are other parties who would like to have visitation rights with children, such as grandparents and/or stepparents, and the court can deal with those arrangements as well, depending on the situation.

There are also occasions in which the court might deem it appropriate to deny visitation to a parent. Just about any Baltimore and Towson family law attorney will tell you that if a child would be facing unsafe conditions with a parent, the court will likely deny visitation to that parent for a certain period of time or until the parent in question has met certain conditions and requirements. It is important to note, however, that in general, visitation rights that have been ordered by a court are typically not denied because a parent is not or will not make child support payments.

Supervised Visitation

In many instances, visitation is unsupervised. But there can be certain situations in which a court finds that supervised visitation with a parent would be in the best interest of the child. For example, if a couple is divorcing, the entire process may be difficult for them to handle and the emotional aspect of the situation may prove to be too much. If that's the case, they may need to have some assistance from a neutral third party with respect to  the visitation process.

Visitation that requires supervision is typically done in a neutral location and is watched very closely. If the parents are truly unable to get along under any circumstances, the court might also find it necessary to require monitored exchanges whereby the parents establish pre-determined times to exchange the child and stagger the pick-up/drop-off times to ensure that the parents never have to deal with each other.

If you are a parent who would like to learn more about custody/visitation and your visitation rights, contact a Baltimore and Towson family law attorney at the Law Offices of Amar Weisman, LLC today. Let us help you maintain a relationship with your child.

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Call The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman at (410) 321-4994 to schedule a Free ConsultationThe Purpose of the consultation is to determine whether you want to retain this law firm as your Baltimore County & Harford County Family Lawyer. If you do wish to proceed, then you must pay a retainer. See Our Policy on Fees and Costs. The family firm is located next to The Circuit Court for Baltimore County, at 1018 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204.