What rights would the father hold for visitation? The children are american and live with their american mother. Parent's never married, but father is on their birth certificates. Would the father be forced to come to the US to visit to the child if he end's up having any visitation rights? I am unsure about international law's with visitation rights for children. Thank you.
There are a lot of factors that can determine your visitation rights. It is too difficult to provide specific answers without additional details, however, which unfortunately is beyond the scope of this forum. The following is some general information that I hope is helpful.
Provided the children live in D.C the law will award or restrict visitation based on what is in your children's best interest. There is no specific list of factors or circumstances that are used in making this determination. Out-of-state visitation (including Canada) can be awarded as long as it fits within the best interest of your children. Another option, which can give you more flexibility, is to have an agreement drafted regarding custody and visitation of your children. You can stipulate the visitation location and include access in Canada. Each visitation (and/or custody) case is unique and it is hard to forecast the strength of your case without meeting for a full consultation. I strongly advise you to consult with an attorney for more detailed guidance.
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