As a child visitation lawyer in Worcester, we understand that keeping both parents in the child’s life is often in the child’s best interest. However, if you’re a parent that wants visitation rights or has a visitation agreement in place already, it’s essential to know your rights.

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families will always consider the health and safety of the child.

Parenting Time and Child Visitation

Parents often want the best for their children, but it can be challenging to agree on all issues regarding your child. When a child is a minor, either parent has the right to file a court order for:

Parents can file for sole or shared custody.

Statistically, children benefit greatly from having both parents in their lives. Children perform better in school, earn more, and have fewer health issues when both parents are in their lives. If a parent is fit for visitation or shared custody, the court will likely order visitation or shared custody.

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I help people protect what they care about most. Visitation, child custody, child support — whatever YOUR specific situation requires — I can help.

As with most things in life, the more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be. 

Whether you already have a visitation plan in place that needs amending, or you are just beginning to have these conversations, you have come to the right place.

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How Does Visitation Work?

Visitation rights are a negotiation between parents. If you’re not the custodial parent, it’s crucial to have an agreement in place that outlines:

  • When visits will take place
  • Where children will spend holidays
  • Where children will spend summer or spring break

Massachusetts law requires the court to consider the child’s best interest and if abuse occurred when determining visitation and custody. If any form of abuse occurs, the court may dictate how visitation occurs, including taking measures to protect the child’s well-being and safety.

If the abusive parent is granted visitation rights, the court may decide to:

  • Require a third-party to attend visits
  • Prohibit overnight visits
  • Require the parent to pay supervision costs
  • Require a bond for the safe return of the child

Courts can decide to impose conditions on visitation to ensure that the child is safe during visits.

Grandparents’ Rights

As a grandparent, you also have rights. For example, grandparents can seek visitation rights of their grandchildren if the parents are unmarried, separated, or divorced. The court will take the request seriously, and if a grandparent isn’t a threat to the child’s well-being, they’ll often be granted visitation rights.

What If I Am Being Denied Visitation?

If the court denies you visitation rights, you can appeal the decision. An appeal is a lengthy process that requires you to prove that the court’s decision was wrong. In addition, you’ll have the burden of proof to show that you’re fit to be in your child’s life.

However, there are times when the custodial parent takes it upon themselves to deny the other parent visitation of their child, although it’s part of the parenting plan and/or custodial agreement.

In this case, where the other parent is not adhering to the agreement, you can hold them in contempt. The court will step in and enforce the custody order or the judgment against the other parent.

If there is an agreement in place, you have a right to see your child.

How Can A Lawyer Help With Child Visitation?

A child visitation lawyer understands the ins and outs of child visitation laws. We know what tools and techniques we have at our disposal to:

  • Develop evidence to back your case
  • Create a case that has the best chance of success

Child visitation or custody cases are time-sensitive, and it’s essential to have a lawyer by your side that can address issues immediately.

Even the state recommends hiring a lawyer, especially if the opposing parent has a lawyer that can help them use the law to their advantage.

Custody cases can be simple, especially if both parents have come to a custody agreement together, but they’re often complex and complicated. We’ll walk you through the process, explain your rights and make sure that the court hears all of your concerns.

We’ll handle filling out the required custody forms and serve the complaint for custody to the other parent.

Since the complaint will go in front of a judge, it’s always in your best interest to work with a lawyer specializing in child visitation. We can also ask, at your request, to make sure that you don’t meet the other parent in court.

Lawyers will present your case for visitation and can help improve your chances of a favorable outcome.

Additionally, we can help with:

  • Modification of court orders or parenting plans to ensure that you have more time with your child
  • Contempt issues if the opposing parent isn’t following judgment or custody orders

Lawyers can also help develop your parenting plan and can litigate for your child custody, if necessary.

Finding The Best Worcester Child Visitation Lawyer For You

If you want visitation rights for your child, we can help. We’ll use our experience to build a strong case for visitation rights, represent you in front of the court and help you receive the visitation rights you deserve.

Contact us right away to discuss your particular situation.

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