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Mother Rights Attorney - Suffolk County NYIf you are going through a divorce, an experienced and compassionate attorney at our firm will help you with the numerous issues that may arise during and after the divorce process, including visitation with the children of the marriage. If one parent obtained sole custody through a divorce proceeding, the other parent nevertheless has the right to visit his or her children.

There may be visitation issues when the parties share joint legal custody, but one parent has residential custody of the child or children and the other parent has visitation with the child or children of the marriage. The family law attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates will walk you step by step through the process to ensure that you receive as much visitation with your child or children that you can obtain under the law.

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Visitation issues also arise between unmarried parents where one parent has sole custody or residential custody. It is important to understand that other family members may also seek visitation with the children so long as they have legal standing to do so. In order to request or modify visitation rights, you need to file a petition in family court. It is imperative to consult with an attorney prior to filing any petition in family court. One of the experienced attorneys at our firm will ensure that all of the paperwork is filled out properly which will ensure you that you receive the best result possible.

A parent’s visitation schedule with his or her child or children may be made by an out of court agreement or may be ordered by a family court judge. There are various types of visitation including unsupervised visitation, supervised visitation, and therapeutic visitation. It is important to obtain an attorney to inform you of all various options and assist you in order to meet the needs of your current situation.

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Unsupervised visitation is the most common type of visitation in New York and gives a parent a significant amount of freedom in visiting with his or her child. If a parent obtains unsupervised visitation, he or she may take the child to his or her home, on vacation, have them for overnight stays, as well as other foreseeable benefits.

Supervised visitation is generally awarded when one parent cannot be alone with the child. This occurs if the parent has put the child in a dangerous situation such as prior incidents of domestic violence or if there a concern that the parent is not capable of acting properly around the child. Someone may be assigned to supervise the visits with the child or the visits may take place at a designated location where a court-appointed supervisor can monitor the visit.

Therapeutic visitation is when a mental health professional supervises the visits with the parent and child to improve the relationship between the parent and child. This type of visitation also helps the parent strengthen his or her parenting abilities. Therapeutic visitation is may be appropriate when the parent’s relationship with the child is suffering for any number of reasons, and this type of visitation may be necessary to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

Child SupportThe best interests of the child is the court’s main concern. The court considers numerous factors in order to determine if visitation should be awarded and what type of visitation is most beneficial to the parent- child relationship.

The following factors are taken into account by the court when contemplating an appropriate visitation schedule: who the primary care giver of the child is, the mental and physical health of the family members, the parenting skills of the parent requesting visitation, the history of the noncustodial parent’s ability to provide a stable environment for the child, the parents’ ability to cooperate with each other, the parents’ work schedules, the child care schedules, how the order will affect the interaction between siblings and other family members, and the desires of the child if he or she is old enough and mature enough to have an input.

The custodial parent must comply with the visitation order from the court and permit the noncustodial parent to visit with the child as provided in the visitation schedule. If your former partner denied you time with your child as designated in the visitation order or denied you time with your child all together, it is imperative that you contact an attorney experienced in these matters immediately.

If you are struggling with enforcement of parenting time pursuant to an agreement or court order, Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates will help you file an enforcement petition with family court. Ultimately, the court may hold a hearing and the judge may alter the order to give the non-custodial parent proper visitation and/or impose sanctions on the parent who violated the order. If your visitation rights have been violated, please contact our attorneys to discuss all of your possible options and help you obtain the time you deserve with your child.

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