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How to arrange visitation for infants

On Behalf of | May 13, 2020 | Child Custody

It is not always easy for Florida parents to figure out a visitation schedule for an infant. In many cases, the solution is subject to change depending on how the infant handles the visitation schedule. The important thing to remember is that some fine-tuning may be necessary and what is on paper initially may be amended as circumstances evolve.

The best way to start on a visitation schedule is to begin with small steps and grow from there. Short visits may be best at first as the child acclimates to two parents. This is even more true if the child is breastfeeding. Of course, this is not a reason why the infant should not be able to see their father. Nonetheless, it may limit the time at first.

Overnight visits may not be possible at first, but the parents should consider it if they are able. If it becomes a matter for the court to decide, the judge will likely not order overnight visits until the child is three. Parents should be realistic about what the infant is able to handle. In any event, what is the best arrangement depends on the child and their own tolerance. Ideally, the parents would work together to figure out the schedule that is in the best interests of the child in a way that respects both of their rights.

Those who are dealing with timesharing & child custody matters should seek out a family law attorney to assist them with negotiating a suitable arrangement. The best interests of the child would consider both the child’s physical needs as well as the benefits of spending time with both parents. In the event that an agreement is difficult to reach, the attorney may represent their client in a hearing in front of a judge.