Louisiana courts encourage co-parenting following a couple's separation. Isolated Baton Rouge non-custodial parents sometimes drift away from their children or are kept at arm's length by a custodial parent. The Department of Children and Family Services has a program that attempts to foster the non-custodial parent's relationship with children.
The Access and Visitation Program is primarily geared toward the best interests of children, but the benefits to parents are evident. Children without the love and support of both parents may have emotional, educational and behavioral difficulties. Courts try to prevent these future problems by working through visitation issues with parents.