Establishing custody and visitation is important if the child’s parents reside in different homes. It not only protects you during times of no or little communication with the other parent, but schedules contained in the orders provide a sense of routine for the child. Ultimately, an order of custody and visitation is to ensure the best interests of the child until the child reaches 18 years of age.
Oftentimes, orders need to be modified due to moves, changes in routine, or a breakdown in communication between the parties. A substantial change in circumstances will be sufficient to file a modification petition.
In certain situations, non-parents may need to step into the role of parents for the child and file for custody of the child.
Grandparents who previously had an active role in their grandchild‘s life, but was disrupted due to a move, estrangement, death of a parent, or divorce may also file for regular visitation to maintain their relationship with the grandchild.