Visiting Rights


Visiting rights let children to spend time with a person who does not have custody of the children.

Custody Versus Visiting Rights

A parent does not have custody if the children are with the parent less than 40% of the time. Instead, this parent has visiting rights.

For example, the children spend 70% of the time with Nathan, their father. They spend 30% of the time with Deborah, their mother. Nathan has custody of the children, and Deborah has visiting rights.

Children Have Right to See the Parent Without Custody

Children have the right to as much contact as possible with the parent who doesn’t have custody, as long as this is in their best interests.

Visiting rights come in different forms:

  • telephone calls
  • visits lasting a few hours
  • outings, including overnight stays or quick trips somewhere
  • vacations
  • etc.