Mississippi Family Law Attorneys
When physical custody of children is awarded solely to one parent, the non-custodial parent usually is awarded rights of visitation, the extent of which is generally governed by the closeness of the relationship of the children and the non-custodial parent and the closeness in proximity between the children and the non-custodial parent.
For example, non-custodial parents who have a close relationship with their children may usually expect to receive overnight visitation with the children:
a. during alternating weekends during the school year
b. for two or more consecutive weeks during the summer
c. during alternating spring breaks
d. during alternating Thanksgivings
e. one-half of the Christmas holidays
f. during other shorter holidays such as Monday holidays, Independence Day, and fall break
The non-custodial parent may also have non-overnight visitation on afternoons or weeknights during the school year and on the birthday of the children and the non-custodial parent. It is also common for Mothers Day and Fathers Day to be awarded to the appropriate parent.
The award of visitation to the non-custodial parent depends on the unique circumstances of each case and may be tailored to the specific facts of each case.