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When can a parent lose their visitation right? 

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2022 | Child Custody & Support |

When parents agree on a custody and visitation plan (either alone or with the help of the court), the goal is to bring at least some sense of stability to everyone involved. 

However, there are quite a few instances when a parent may lose their visitation rights in Kentucky. Here are two instances when a parent may lose their visitation rights. 

Child neglect or abuse

A child who is subjected to abuse and neglect isn’t in a good place. As such, child neglect and abuse are some of the most valid reasons that can lead to the loss of your visitation and parental rights. 

Some of the forms of neglect or abuse include:

  • Failure to provide shelter or proper diet to the child
  • Failure to supervise the child or provide for babysitters when needed
  • Failure to ensure the child attends important appointments, including medical appointments
  • Failure to make sure the child attends school regularly
  • Subjecting the child to mental or emotional trauma
  • Subjecting the child to physical violence or allowing physical violence from someone else in the same home

Parental alienation

Kentucky family courts usually arrive at a custody and visitation order that allows the child to enjoy a healthy relationship with both parents. However, if your co-parent resorts to straining your relationship with your child by badmouthing you or otherwise interfering with your rights, then there is likely to be a problem. The court understands the effects of parental alienation on the child and will definitely not tolerate this behavior. 

Every child deserves to enjoy the love of both parents. Find out how you can reach a custody and visitation settlement that works for everyone involved.