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What’s the Difference Between Child Custody and Visitation?

Gold border around a white square that says “What’s the difference between child custody and visitation” in black letters.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 refers to the time you spend with your child.

Read: What Does Child Custody Mean?

Read: What Does Child Visitation Mean?

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.”

Read: How Do Connecticut Courts Decide on Custody?

Read: What Legal Terms Are Replacing “Child Custody” and “Visitation” in Connecticut Divorces?

Read: How to Find Balance in Your Parenting Plan (aka Visitation Schedule)

Supervised Visitation

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.

Read: What Is Supervised Visitation?

Next Steps

For more information about Connecticut divorce and family law, check out our Divorce Information and Facts.

If you have questions or want to learn more about how our team of divorce attorneys can help you with your divorce or post-judgment issue, please contact us either here or by phone at 860-530-4221.

Written by Meghan Freed