What’s the Difference Between Child Custody and Visitation?
A lot of legal terms come into play when it comes to making custody and parenting decisions in your divorce. So, it’s no wonder our divorce attorneys are asked: “What’s the difference between child custody and visitation?”
Read on to learn more.
Custody Versus Visitation
The terms “custody” and “visitation” or sometimes used interchangeably, but they actually have different meanings. For example, custody is a broader term. It and can refer to either legal or physical custody. On the other hand, visitation is often used to refer to the time spent with a child. Unlike legal custody, visitation does not give someone the right to make major decisions about the child’s well-being, including education or medical care matters.
Child Custody, Visitation & the Parenting Plan
The parenting schedule is contained in the parenting plan. When one parent has sole legal custody, the other parent’s time with the kids is generally referred to as “visitation.” When the parents share joint legal custody, their respective time with the kids is generally referred to as “parenting time.”
Connecticut courts can also order what’s called “supervised visitation.” Generally speaking, courts prefer that children see their parents if possible. The court has supervised visitation as an alternative it’s concerned about a child’s safety with one parent.
For more information about Connecticut divorce and family law, check out our Divorce Information and Facts.