Child Visitation


In the event that a California court decides against issuing joint custody following a divorce, the non-custodial parent will generally be granted visitation rights. When two parents are able to agree on visitation terms, the child can benefit immensely by having both parents involved in his or her life. As a child visitation attorney serving the Granite Bay, CA, area since 2007, Drummond T. McCunn understands the magnitude and sensitivity of these arrangements. He can help ensure the terms of your child visitation agreement are fair and serve your child’s best interests.

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Serving your children's best interests is Mr. McCunn's focus in helping clients arrive at a visitation agreement.

Benefits of Child Visitation Arrangements

After a divorce, it is important to establish a clear structure for your child. For this to happen, both parties will need to agree on a visitation schedule, which is a formalized, legally enforceable court order. These orders are beneficial for a number of reasons:

  • Your child will be able to spend time with both parents
  • Your child will have structure and predictability in how much time he or she will spend with each parent
  • You and your former spouse will avoid scheduling issues and have a way to plan around conflicts
  • Each parent will be held accountable for following the terms of the court order

Having a legal advocate in your corner at this time can be immensely valuable. Mr. McCunn can present a case to the court advocating for a visitation schedule that helps to nurture your child. 

How Child Visitation is Determined in California

In California, it is the court’s responsibility to determine child visitation terms. Ultimately, the court will base its decision on what is in the best interest of the child. Factors that affect their determination may include:

  • The child’s health and safety – The safety of the child is paramount. Signs of neglect, substance abuse, and violent behavior will be considered, and the court may issue supervised visitation or no visitation at all.
  • The involvement of each parent – How involved is each parent in the life of the child? The court considers how much time and effort parents put into the child’s day-to-day life.
  • Continuity in the child’s life – Often, the parent who keeps the home after a divorce will receive full custody of the child. That way, the child can remain at the same school with the same friends and enjoy continuity in his or her life.

How Child Visitation Schedules are Created

In an ideal situation, both parents will agree on a visitation schedule without conflict. In the event that two parents cannot agree on a schedule, the court will intervene and develop one that serves the best interests of the child. Considering factors including emotional ties, financial stability, and safety, the court will make a schedule that outlines:

  • Residential Schedule – Where your child spends weekdays and weekends
  • Holiday Schedule – Where your child spends holidays and other special occasions
  • Vacation Schedule – Where your child spends summer break and other vacations

Having a legal advocate in your corner at this time can be immensely valuable. Mr. McCunn can present a case to the court advocating for a visitation schedule that helps to nurture your child. 

Book a Consultation

Attorney Drummond T. McCunn understands how important it is that you spend time with your child. He has handled more than 1,600 cases, helping clients through difficult family law cases, including those in which establishing paternity becomes necessary. To schedule a consultation, call (916) 250-3840 or contact our firm online now.

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