A non-custodial parent is a parent that does not have majority custody of their child. For instance, one parent may have custody of the child for several weeks, while the non-custody child may only have custody for one or two weekends a month. Alternatively, the non-custodial parent may only be allowed limited visitation periods such as during the day on a weekend. A non-custodial parent generally doesn’t have any legal rights to make major decisions on behalf of the child.
However, non-custodial parents may have certain rights, such as:
Visitation rights are allocated through an analysis of many different factors, including:
Previous visitation arrangements may affect future visitation rights for subsequent children. Also, visitation orders can be modified in order to reflect changed circumstances.
In some cases, visitation rights can be lost or revoked. This can happen for instance if:
Again, these changes are determined by a judge and reflected in the visitation order. A loss of visitation rights can sometimes be contested by the parent being affected.
Understanding custody rights can often be difficult. You may need to hire a qualified family lawyer near you if you need help with custody, visitation, or any other family law legal issues. Your attorney will be able to direct you during the process and can provide you with legal advice to help you with your issue.
Last Modified: 04-23-2018 08:21 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.