The visitation rights issue is a central and sometimes a controversial issue between the spouses occasionally even after custody has been determined.
The visitation rights concluded between the spouses at the time of separation or divorce, set out the manner in which the non-custodial parent (usually the father) will be with his children. Unfortunately, reality often attests a significant gap between the desirable situation of full cooperation between the parents and a difficult situation in which the parents are poles apart, or even worse, are at war which affect even the visitation rights of the children.
For example, when the mother, who is the custodial parent, is unwilling to show any flexibility with regard to the working hours of the father (the non-custodial parent), relating to the appointed times in which he is required to collect his children.
Another example is a situation when the mother stipulates as a condition for the father's actual visiting rights on payments which father is required to pay and threatens that he will not see the children unless he pays. Another example is when the mother does not let her children visit their father forcing the father to meet with them outside his home, usually when the father has a new spouse and the mother desires not to expose the children to the new spouse.
In general, the Courts do not agree to leave the visitation rights issue "open", bearing in mind the children, who need stability and regularity, as well as the relationship between the custodial and non-custodial parent, who is required to reveal commitment to regular visitation times. An example for such instability is when the father, the non-custodial parent, does not notify in advance that he is not coming at the appointed time and demands to see his children at different hours and days than had been set out.
Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that the visitation rights are set out with the children's wellbeing needs being kept above everything else.
Accordingly, Gila Barzili Law Office considers the importance of field of visitation rights as second to none, which must be covered in the separation and divorce arrangements, and which has crucial importance in maintaining the children's wellbeing.