When Georgia parents are denied visitation rights of their children, they face a difficult situation. This is true no matter if the ex-spouse or the courts have denied visitation. It is important for a person who has been denied visitation to take immediate action to understand why visitation was denied and then plan their next steps.
Family courts do not often deny a parent visitation rights. One exception to this rule is if there is concern about the safety of the child. If it is felt that the parent may emotionally or physically harm the child, visitation will likely be denied. The courts are primarily concerned about the best interests of the child. One alternative that courts often turn to is supervised visitation.
In a case where a judge issues visitation under supervision, it is important for the parent to understand the full details of the visitation arrangement. This would include how long the visits can last, who can be a supervisor, and where the visit will take place. It is also important to know if the visitation hinges on following instructions given by the judge, such as taking anger management classes.
A parent may be concerned that their visitation with their child has been denied because of not fulfilling child support obligations. This does not happen often. If a person gets behind on child support payments, it is more likely that the consequences would include their driver’s license being suspended, their wages being garnished, or they could even be put in prison.
If a parent has been denied visitation rights or has other concerns related to child custody matters, they may turn to a family law attorney for advice. A family law attorney might represent their client in hearings, arguing for their fitness as a parent, and help create child custody and visitation arrangements.