When parents are unmarried, the court creates orders for custody and visitation for the child. There are many reasons that you may need to work with a child visitation lawyer. Whether you are seeking to establish a child custody and visitation order for the first time, you are hoping to change the visitation schedule in your case or you need help enforcing the visitation order, our team of Brooklyn child visitation lawyers may be able to help.
When you’re establishing an initial order for child visitation, it’s important to work carefully to make sure the order is effective in the way that you’re looking for. The order must be carefully worded so that it’s not confusing or easy to misinterpret later on. Our team of Brooklyn child visitation lawyers can help you draft and review your child visitation order so that you’re satisfied that it represents the best interests of your children. We’ve helped hundreds of parents before, and we know what kinds of things to look out for that may be pitfalls for parents who want to establish a visitation schedule and terms that are workable and understandable.
You may already have a child visitation schedule in place, but you may want to make changes to the order. To change visitation in your case, you must make a formal motion to the court. The motion must state the reasons that you’re asking the court for a change in the visitation order. If the other parent doesn’t agree to the changes, the court must conduct a hearing in order to determine if the change is in the child’s best interests.
Usually, both parents have some type of contact with their children. The question becomes how frequent the contact should be and under what conditions. It’s up to you to gather the appropriate evidence to justify the visitation schedule that you’re asking for. If you want to ask the court for more parenting time, you may present evidence of a change in circumstances such as a move to be closer to the children or a change in your work schedule. You might also present information that the child is older and they’re able to travel farther for visitation or stay for longer periods of time.
You may also work with our team of Brooklyn child visitation lawyers in order to fight the other parent’s request for a change in the child visitation schedule. In that case, you need to present evidence to the court to counter the other parent’s arguments. Our Brooklyn child visitation attorney team can help you prsent your case in a meaningful way.
There are times that you may need help from the court to enforce your custody and parenting time order. The other parent may refuse to send the child to court-ordered parenting time. They may violate conditions of your order such as refusing to provide transportation or abide by other conditions of parenting time. When a parent violates the court order, you can ask the court for help upholding the order.
When a parent willfully refuses to follow the custody and parenting time order, you may bring a petition to ask the court to hold the other parent in contempt of court. The petition outlines what the other parent did to violate the court order. If the court agrees with you, they look to the other parent for an explanation of why they shouldn’t be held in contempt of court.
If the court agrees that the other parent violated the court order without justification, they determine what kind of penalty the court should impose in order to coerce the parent to comply with the court order in the future. The court may order makeup parenting time. They may order changes to the parenting time order. In some cases, drastic measures may be appropriate such as a change to the frequency or duration of parenting time. In rare cases, the court may also sentence the offending parent to a term in jail.
If you think a change in visitation may be appropriate in your case, we invite you to contact our team of child visitation lawyers for the Bronx to talk about your case. Our experience can help you understand whether your request has a good chance of success. We can work together to create a plan to help you achieve success and create the visitation schedule that works for you and for your children.
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