Unsupervised Visitation Attorneys in Suffolk
Helping You Resolve Your Family Law Problems
After the divorce dust settles and life seems ready to resume, visitation starts. There are different types of visitation, including supervised and unsupervised. The least restrictive is unsupervised visitation. As the name suggests, this when the non-custodial parent (whichever parent the child does not live with) is able to spend time alone with their child or children. These visits are usually carefully scheduled and regimented, and can last for either hours or days.
The decision of whether the non-custodial parent may enjoy unsupervised visits with the child is made by the court, based upon evaluations of the parent by family members, friends, and perhaps a court-appointed counselor. Additionally, the counselor would also speak to the child about their relationship with the non-custodial parent and determine what is in the child’s best interests. Any reports of abuse, neglect, addiction, mental illness, or bad parenting habits will be taken into account.
When a non-custodial parent is granted unsupervised visitation, it can be difficult to avoid falling into a rut of routine or feeling as though you are growing apart.
To keep things feeling fresh and fun, try a few of our suggestions for your visitation days:
- Ride bikes together at Davis Lakes Campground
- Go for a walk in your neighborhood
- Go fishing year-round at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
- Visit the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk (kids get in free!)
- See a show at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
- Sample the Planters’ Peanut Center
- Check out the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
- Try your hand at Sluggers’ Indoor Batting Cages
- Spend a Saturday morning at the Suffolk Farmers’ Market
- Volunteer as dog walkers at an animal shelter
- Have a picnic in a park
- Cook or bake something together
- Spend an afternoon at the Shooting Star Art Gallery
- View the art on display and make up backstories for the subjects of paintings
- Take a class together
- Choose your favorite art pieces and look up the artists later
Remember, just because you were not granted full custody does not mean you are exempt from your child’s life. A knowledgeable visitation attorney in Suffolk can help you better understand your situation and navigate you through the complex legal process. Call Bush & Taylor, P.C. for effective representation and well-informed advice. We serve clients throughout Eastern Shore and Virginia Beach.