As mentioned earlier, the other parent (who does not have the right to have Care and Control of the Children) will be given the right to have Access to the Children as a separate Order of the Court. Access to the Children (or “visitation rights”) means the right to spend time with the Children directly.
Although the Court generally takes the view that the Children must have access to the other parent (without Care and Control) because this is necessary, important and beneficial for their wellbeing and welfare, the exact terms of Access is something that will still need to be decided – this is either agreed between the parents or decided by the Court if the parents cannot agree.
The written law in Singapore (Women’s Charter) does not state what is the minimum or maximum amount of time a parent must have for Access. However, it does say that if you are the parent without Care and Control of the Children, then you should be given Access that is considered fair and reasonable – what is considered fair and reasonable will depend on the circumstances and situation in each case, and the Court will make a final decision on this.
When the Court gives a parent the right to have Access to the Children, it can also specify whether the Access will be unsupervised or supervised by a third party.
When the Access to the Children is unsupervised, this means that the parent will be allowed to spend time with the children without a third-party present supervising the session.
When the Access to the Children is unsupervised, this means that the parent will only be allowed to spend time with the children when a third-party is present to supervise the session. This is often done in cases where there is a need to safeguard the children from being potentially abused or mistreated by the parent, such as cases where the parent has a history of behaving in such a way with the children,
So, there you have it, some basic information on: What is an Access Order and what are Visitation Rights of a parent in a Divorce?
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