As with child custody, the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent are decided with the best interests of the child in mind. Except in cases of abuse or neglect, a non-custodial parent is generally entitled to frequent and continuing visitation rights. Again, the details of this contact are preferably left to the parents to work out, but can be determined by a judge. Common visitation schedules may include various weeknights, weekends or every other weekend, alternate holidays and birthdays, and extended time during the summer. Visitation agreements and orders can, and often do, contain specific provisions to add order and stability to the process. Examples of common conditions of visitation are time and place restrictions, designated time and place for pick up and return, whether the visit must be supervised, and conditions on who may or may not be present during the visitation.

In situations where a custodial parent has moved away, it is customary for the non-custodial parent to get longer visits, such as holiday breaks, or even the entire summer vacation. In addition, there is a growing trend toward tailoring more creative custody and visitation arrangements for the benefit of the children. Examples of such newer arrangements are court-ordered visitation time for grandparents, and ordering the parents to move in and out of the family home for their parenting time, instead of moving the children between homes.