Visitation Lawyer in Rhode Island
How to Get Visitation Rights to Your Child
If you have not been awarded custody of your children, you can pursue visitation
rights through the court. The court will generally rule for what is in
the best interests of the children involved, and this can be in your favor.
If you seek visitation rights, it is essential that you
contact an experienced divorce lawyer at once for caring legal support. At The Law Office of Patricia A. Sullivan,
I can fully organize and prepare your visitation rights case and diligently
represent your best interests throughout the process.
When parents separate, usually the Rhode Island family courts will approve
a visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent, if there is not joint
custody. This approval can include such issues as:
- length of visits
- times of visits
Sometimes the custodial parent will withhold visitation, which hurts both
the other parent and the children, and is not lawful. I can effectively
negotiate with a custodial parent or their lawyer on your behalf. If they
continue to refuse visitation, I can request a hearing and assert your
rights in court. If you desire to modify your current visitation or
child custody agreement, I will provide dedicated legal counsel and action for your case.
Contact My Firm
For 31 years, my firm has advocated on behalf of parents seeking visitation
or increased visitation with their children. I have the extensive experience
to know how judges respond in various different situations, and can help
shape your presentation to maximize its effectiveness. My firm is a warm,
friendly and supportive environment, and I listen closely to client concerns
regarding their cases. Call today to get the compassionate family law
counsel you need during this difficult time.
Common Questions Related To Visitation Rights
Will I get
custody or just
visitation of my children?
The courts make decisions about child custody based upon what is believed
to be in the best interests of the child. If you are do not have the children
living with you, and your former spouse has this duty, you will be given
liberal visitation rights. Every family is unique with regard to how these
arrangements are made, based upon school and work schedules. Issues regarding
holiday visitation must also be worked out - who will spend time with
the children during the summer months, and holidays when school is closed.
Some parents share custody. These decisions can be made through negotiations,
or the court could make the decision if the two of you cannot come to
a compromise. You should have a Rhode Island divorce lawyer that is protecting
your parental rights if you have concerns.
What if a visitation order is not being kept?
A parent who fails to allow the other parent the court-ordered visitation
time can face legal repercussions. The courts do not look kindly upon
parents who fail to uphold the terms of a divorce order with regard to
visitation, and these actions could lead to a change in a custody order.
If you are suffering the consequences of the other parent continually
altering the visitation order, or interfering with your relationship with
your children, it is important that you contact my firm so I can help
you get the matter resolved.
Can I change a visitation order?
An existing child visitation order can be changed through petitioning the
court. There are various situations that could make this necessary, including
when one parent is planning to move away a great distance, or when the
child has new activities that make it impossible to maintain a current
schedule. The children's wishes also come into play in changing an
existing order. As a child gets older, he or she may wish to change where
they live, or visitation. If a parent poses a danger to the children,
such as being involved in illegal activities, drug or alcohol addiction
or other problem, it may be necessary to seek a change in order to protect
the children. The court will require compelling evidence to restrict access
by one parent, and we can discuss this issue in person if you have that problem.