When a court determines the visitation rights of a noncustodial parent, it usually orders visitation at reasonable times and places. Both visitation and custody are based on what is in the best interest of the minor child(ren). Parents may be required to prove their fitness to the court based on prior actions of the parties and the environments offered by each respective party. Reasonable visitation allows the parents to exercise flexibility by taking into consideration both the parents’ and the children’s schedules.
When a noncustodial parent has a history of violent or destructive behavior, especially toward the child, the court often requires that visitation between that parent and the child to be supervised. This means that an adult (other than the custodial parent) must be present at all times during the visit.
Occasionally, the custodial parent will not comply with court-ordered visitation and refuse to allow the noncustodial parent to visit the child. This is not only detrimental to the child’s best interests but is a willful violation of a court order and the violating parent can be held in contempt of court.
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