Child Visitation: The Different Types of Visitation Explained

Child Visitation: The Different Types of Visitation Explained

During a divorce that involves children, the court will decide which parent will receive physical or legal custody of a child. Parents who don’t receive custody are still entitled to visitation under the law. The type of visitation will depend on both party’s input as well as the opinion of the judge after reviewing the case.

The 3 Main Types of Child Visitation Explained

There are three main types of child visitation: unsupervised visitation, supervised visitation and virtual visitation. Let’s discuss each type in more detail.

Unsupervised Visitation

Unsupervised visitation is the most common type of visitation. It allows the parent to visit with their child in their home or on an outing during their scheduled time together, without the need for supervision.

Supervised Visitation

Supervised visitation is the opposite of unsupervised visitation. In these cases, another trusted adult must be present during visitation. Supervised visitation may be necessary if:

  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse has occurred between a parent and the child or between the two parents
  • Substance abuse by the parent exists
  • A parent suffers from a mental illness
  • There is any reason to believe a dangerous situation may occur during unsupervised visitation

Where visitation takes place is often up to the judge to decide, whether in your home or in a designated location. The judge may also assign a social worker or another individual as the trusted third-party. Sometimes, supervised visitation may occur at first, which may lead to unsupervised visits if the risk is eliminated.

Virtual Visitation

Virtual visitation occurs via video and is often used in addition to one of the other types of visitation. This type of visitation is a great way for both parents to stay in touch with their child during vacations or when in-person meetings aren’t possible. We don’t recommend using virtual visitation alone, as face-to-face interaction is important for your child.

Not Sure Which Visitation Type Is Right for You? Call an Attorney.

Visitation isn’t a decision you can make on your own. If you’re considering divorce and want to ensure you walk away with a solid visitation plan, reach out to an attorney today. You can call the Setzer Law Firm team at 817-784-7498 or send us a message.