Mother Visitation Rights

As a general rule, parents are presumed to be fit to care for their children.  In theory, they know what is best for their own children and never act against their children's best interest.

Reality, however, is not so simple.  Some parents are not suitable caregivers and may be a danger to themselves or others because of mental illness, drug addiction or other factors.  Family members or third parties may be forced to intervene and care for children in troubled homes.

Once a parent starts to clean up his/her act and wants to see these children again, what are the family visitation rights?

Child Custody Visitation Considerations

Child custody visitation rights get complicated when the child's parents have had to give the child to other family members such as grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins or even older children.

Non-Parental Contribution

The contributions of these family members are very important in the eyes of the court and a reformed parent can not swoop in and pretend these people don't matter to the child or didn't act in a parental capacity while the parent was unable to do so.


At the same time, third parties can not cut off parental contact on a whim.  A father or mother can go to the court for father or mom visitation rights.


A brother or sister can also apply to the court for brother or sister visitation rights if a parent or third party is denying them contact with the child in question since siblings are presumed to be important.

Mothers Visitation Rights Legal Help

This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  If you are a parent or other third party seeking visitation rights with a child, consulting a family law attorney in your state is the best way to ensure favorable visitation decisions.

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