Visitation is permission granted by the court to a noncustodial parent to visit his or her child or children.

In family law, it denotes the level of contact a parent or other significant person in a child’s life can have with that child. Arrangements are usually court defined. Reasonable visitation is meant to be worked out between members of a child’s family. Fixed visitation is usually a court ordered schedule.

Visitation forms part of the bundle of rights and privileges which a parent may have in relation to any child of the family. (Wikipedia). Grandparents in some jurisdictions may have to have court ordered contact with their grandchildren. In the United States all 50 states have a “grandparent visitation” statute that allows grandparents to ask a court to grant them the legal right to maintain ongoing contact with their grandchildren. Restrictive contact laws will only ensure a grandparent visits in the event or a divorce or if one or both parents is deceased.

Grandparent visitation is a legal right.*

Still, laws vary from state to state. Some states do not guarantee that the grandparents will be able to obtain a court order granting them contact. Many states do allow court ordered contact. These types of permissive laws allow a third parties (including grandparents) to request visitation even if the parents are alive and the marriage or relationship is intact. The court then look at what arrangement will be in the child’s best interests.

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