In any divorce case involving children, two of the most pressing and emotionally trying issues are child custody and visitation rights. Parents will be required to confront a number of issues when working out a plan of visitation that is acceptable to all parties that is also in everyone’s best interests. Reaching an agreement outside of court, if possible, will save you time and money.
It also leaves the decision to the parents, rather than involving the opinion of the court. If the matter must be handled in court, you will want a lawyer with enough experience to operate at ease with the judge and get you what you want. An experienced divorce lawyer at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein can help establish the visitation rights according to your wishes for yourself and your children. Contact our firm to discuss your legal matter.
After child custody has been determined, there will be the task of working out visitation rights for the non-custodial parent. Of course, the non-custodial parent may want to fight for as much visitation as possible because it can be unbearable for a parent to learn that they are not able to spend as much time with their child as they once did. If you are a parent that wants a sufficient visitation agreement, it is important to retain legal counsel that will fight for the future of your relationship with your child.
When the court receives a visitation request, they will take a number of factors into consideration, including:
- The wishes and schedule of the custodial parent
- The fitness of the visiting parent
- Any criminal record of the visiting parent
- Preferences of the children (if the court can determine that such preferences are based upon an educated decision)
In most cases, it is agreed that the children should spend time with both parents. Sometimes this is not the case. Whether you are the custodial parent and feel that your ex-spouse is unfit to care for your children, or you are the visiting parent and are seeking more time than you have been offered, you will want the best legal representation you can get to make sure that your wishes are respected.
Contact a Pennsylvania Visitation Attorney
Any time the future of a family is at stake, it is important to discuss the situation with a skilled attorney. At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, we have over 40 years of experience handling family law matters. We are a small firm of tough litigators with a sincere desire to meet the goals of our clients. For help establishing visitation rights for your children, contact an experienced family law attorney at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.