Visitation refers to the rights of the parent without physical custody of their child to visit and spend some time with that child. Visitation may be on court prescribed schedules or according to the convenience of both the parents. In cases where there is a history of abuse by the non custodial parent, the court shall order supervised visitation. Under supervised visitation, the non custodial parent may see the child only in the presence of a court approved adult. The court approved adult shall not be the custodial parent of the child.
Sometimes visitation rights can be granted to grandparents after a request filed by them. In some states, other family members and close family friends may also be granted visitation. In granting visitation rights courts generally take into account the amicability of the relationship of the parents amongst other factors.