Child Visitation Schedule after Divorce
By Henry F. Lewis on March 05, 2020
Divorce is disruptive, especially when children are involved and a custody schedule needs to be set up. A family law attorney can help establish a custody agreement that is fair to the parents and also keeps the children's best interests at heart.
Determining a child visitation schedule can be challenging when parents don't get along or don't live near each other. At Gardner & Lewis, LLP, our attorneys negotiate child visitation schedules after divorce for clients in Oakland, CA. If you need help with child custody and visitation, please schedule a consultation at our law firm.
About Child Custody and Visitation
When parents get divorced in Oakland, child custody and visitation must be determined and detailed in court documents.
Part of this process requires establishing whether parents will have joint physical custody of the children, meaning that parents share custody and children will split their time living with each parent. Or, one parent may have primary custody.
In either case, a visitation schedule is generally created to provide parents and children time together. The parent who has the children less is given visitation.
What Is a Visitation Schedule?
A visitation schedule is simply a plan that both parents follow. It details the dates and times that children will be with each parent.
Visitation schedules can help avoid conflicts between parents, as well as prevent confusion about when children will be with either parent.
Visitation schedules may include agreements about splitting holidays or who will have the children on special occasions. For example, it's common for parents to alternate having the children on Christmas and for the father to have the children every Father's Day and the mother to have the children every Mother's Day. Vacations or other important dates unique to each family may also be included in a visitation schedule.
Who Determines the Visitation Schedule?
Parents who can put their differences aside to come to an amicable agreement may create their own visitation schedule, which will then need to be approved by family court.
For parents who can't come to an agreement or refuse to work together, the courts will create a visitation schedule based on the best interests of the children.
Examples of Visitation Schedules
Visitation schedules vary by family and the needs of the children. Parents who live far away from one another may find that it's less disruptive for the children to reduce the number of visits in lieu of one or two long visits during the year. For example, children may spend a month of their summer vacation with a parent who lives out of state.
Parents who live closer to one another often choose to have their children spend every other weekend with one parent. The parent given visitation may also get a day or two during the week to spend with the child or children.
Another commonly used visitation schedule is alternating weeks between parents. This can help give children more uninterrupted time with each parent.
Get Help from Our Family Law Attorneys
If you live in or around Oakland and need help with your custody agreement, the attorneys of Gardner Lewis, LLP are here for you. To schedule a consultation, please call (510) 451-4822.
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