If a judge gives a non-custodial parent fixed visitation rights, what it means is that the parent is only allowed to see his or her child according to a specific schedule, which might also include a specific location where the visit can take place. Fixed visitation is more common when parents still have problems properly cooperating with each other, or if the court wants more stability in a child’s life.
Parents who are able to work together with assistance from a child visitation lawyer may be granted reasonable visitation. This means that it’s up to the parents to work out a schedule for when the non-custodial parent can see her or his child. With that in mind, it’s worth mentioning that it’s the parent who has custodial rights who has the most say in when the non-custodial parent can see the child.
For situations where a non-custodial parent doesn’t exercise the visitation rights she or he has, the custodial parent has the option of reducing those rights. Rather than punishing the non-custodial parent, reducing visitation might confuse children or make them think they’ve done something wrong. Under these circumstances, it’s best to find way to bring the non-custodial parent back into the child’s life.