If you are going through the divorce process and have at least one child with the other person, you'll want to learn more about creating a formal visitation schedule.
With this in hand, you, the other parent and your child will know exactly what to expect in regards to visitation.
A visitation schedule can benefit both parents. For example, it gives the noncustodial parent a clear idea of when they can spend time with the child.
Here are some of the many details to include in a visitation schedule:
- Holiday weekends
- Even-numbered years and odd-numbered years (pertaining to holidays and vacations)
- Information on what to do in the event of an illness to the child or parent
- Other forms of communication, such as the telephone
A visitation schedule is something you should work out when creating a parenting agreement. For example, if you're going through mediation, this should be on your list of things to accomplish. Once you have a visitation schedule in place, there is no more gray area in regards to what should and shouldn't happen in the future.
As the years go by, don't be surprised if your visitation schedule needs to change. For instance, once your child reaches high school, he or she may have activities that keeps him or her busy on the weekends.
If you are unhappy with your visitation schedule or your ex-spouse is making things difficult on you, it's time to learn more about your legal rights. You shouldn't sit back and hope for the best, as you don't want to miss out on spending time with your child.
Source: FindLaw, "Form to Establish a Visitation Schedule," accessed Dec. 07, 2017