Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, October 2, 2005

Bond required to ensure visitation

Following a 28 day custody trial in New York State Supreme Court, the trial judge ruled that the child’s mother could move to Canada with her.  However, to ensure monthly visitation in New York with the child’s father, the mother was required to post a $60,000 bond and pay for the son’s travel and hotel expenses.  In his decision, the trial judge wrote that “Visitation with a parent is not the privilege of the parent but the right of the child. Both [the father and the boy] must have this right preserved by maximizing defendant's opportunity to maintain a positive and nurturing father-son relationship." By: Robin Topping, the complete story, click here (last visited October 2, 2005, REO).

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