The North Carolina court system puts a lot of value on the rights of children during a divorce. This includes their right to have both parents involved in their lives. When it comes to parental visitation rights, children do not have a direct say in what happens, according to the North Carolina Bar Association. Older children’s requests may be considered but are not used to make a determination.
A parent not awarded custody of his or her children has the legal right to visitation with the children. The court does not have to decide visitation schedules. The parents can come to an agreement. However, if the parents cannot agree, the court will step in. Decisions are generally made by the court based upon work schedules, children’s schedules, where the parents live in relation to each other and the children’s ages. Any schedule for visitation needs to include regular weekdays and weekends along with special days, like birthdays, and holidays. Summer schedules should also be determined.