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HELPING PEOPLE THROUGH DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FOR
MORE THAN 25 YEARS

For an Ohio parent, being denied visitation rights for their child can be an unbearable experience. It doesn’t matter if the one denying visitation is the courts or the ex-spouse, there may be strong emotions involved. The spouse who is being denied visitation may want to take definitive measures in order to get custody. Before they take any action, they should try to understand why they are being denied visitation and then based on that create a plan of what to do next.

It is rare for a court to deny a parent complete visitation. One exception could be if the courts feel that allowing a child to visit a parent is a safety risk. The courts strive to put the best interests of the child first. If there is any indication that a parent may physically or emotionally harm a child, then all visitation may be denied.

In most cases, if there is a minor concern, the courts could recommend that a parent go through parenting classes or that they go through anger management. If substance abuse is involved, the courts may recommend that a parent go through a drug or alcohol treatment course prior to being granted regular visitation rights. If the court recommends this type of action, it’s best for the parent to comply immediately. The sooner they comply with the courts’ wishes, the easier it will be for them to demonstrate that they are committed to making things right and resuming interaction with their child.

Another option is that the courts may require supervised visits. The parent being supervised often has little to no say in who provides the supervision or where the supervision will take place. In these cases, it is best for parents to get all of the information they can, including any additional requirements laid out by the court.

A parent who has concerns about child custody issues may wish to speak with a family law attorney. A family law attorney might be able to draw up documents like visitation schedules and custody cases. They may represent their client in hearings, arguing for their client’s parental fitness and showing that it is in the best interests of the children to maintain a relationship with both parents.