Visitation or time-sharing refers to the time a parent spends with the child. Generally all parents are entitled to reasonable time with their kids. This is because all parents have a constitutional right to care for and control their children.
Usually a judge defines what amount of time-sharing is reasonable by setting out a schedule, which rotates the child back and forth between the parents. This schedule will generally take into account how far apart the parents live and the child’s school schedule as well as other factors. Some parties decide to come up with their own arrangements, which they present to the court as a “parenting plan.”
Visitation can’t be taken away from a parent except by a court after a hearing. Typically it is only suspended if the court finds, that visitation would seriously endanger the child’s physical, mental, moral or emotional health or safety. Modification or denial of time-sharing is determined based on the best interest of the child, but a court can’t totally restrict visits for a parent unless the judge finds that it would seriously hurt the child to spend time with the parent.