Q: How do I get supervised visitation for my son.
In North Carolina, visitation is considered a type of custody. Anyone who believes they have or should have the right to visitation may sue for custody. Usually, a custody lawsuit must be in the county where the child resides. Like any type of lawsuit, there is special language that needs to be in the complaint to help get the best possible results. The parties may be required to participate in mediation, where they try to negotiate a written agreement.
In the alternative to a lawsuit, the parties may negotiate an agreement. A judge isn't necessarily required to honor the agreement later. But once the parties start following the agreement, they create a new status quo. Judges are hesitant to disrupt a status quo without a good reason.
A knowledgeable attorney can help evaluate the best option(s), provide guidance based on specific circumstances, and represent a party in negotiations and/or a lawsuit.
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