Legal Information: Maryland

Custody

Updated: 
November 27, 2023

What is visitation?

Visitation usually involves timed visits with the child that are either supervised or unsupervised. Supervised visitation is when the parent is only allowed to visit with the child in the company of another person.  Supervised visitation often calls for a restriction of visitation to a particular location and time.  Visitation does not give decision-making responsibility or long-term care of the child.  A parent that does not have custody often has some form of visitation.1 Guidelines for visitation are often included in the official custody order issued by the judge.

1The People’s Law Library of Maryland website; MD Law Encyclopedia, Parent and Child § 17

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