If a child’s parents are unwed, then the visitation rights can often be difficult to determine. Since parental rights and visitation rights are determined by the state, and are not considered federal laws, the laws will vary. In most states, the mother of the child will be awarded full custody, unless the mother is seen as an unfit parent.
Parental right and visitation rights will be determine by a family court’s judge. Each case will have different visitation and parental rights due to the history and reason for the case. For example, if a parent has a history of abuse, their visitation and parental rights will be much different. Since the parents are unwed, generally, the decision of the court will be made in an easy manner. Often, unwed parents can agree on visitation rights and parental rights prior to going to court.