Newport News, VA asked in Family Law for Virginia

Q: I have just been awarded sole custody of my child with no visitation being set with the courts. what does this mean?

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A: If there is no court-ordered visitation for the other parent, the other parent does not have a legal right to visitation. To gain a legal right to visitation, the other parent will have to file a petition for visitation.

Of course, you can choose to allow the other parent to visit the child, and it is generally understood that a child benefits more from having a meaningful relationship with both parents rather than just one parent.

However, if you have concerns over the other parent's ability to properly care for the child during visitation, or believe the child would not be safe, you can choose not to allow visitation. In that case, if the other parent files for visitation in the court, you need to explain to the judge exactly what your concerns are and why. Also keep...

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