Divorce is never a pleasant situation for anyone involved. Aside from the costs, time spent in litigation, court appearances, and separation of assets, divorce becomes even more stressful when children are involved.
Custody battles are quite common in divorces. Both parents feel that they are the best guardian or provider for the children. Other times, the non-custodial parent would rather not be burdened by child support. Whatever the reason, custody battles usually ensue and one parent ends up with full custody, while the other parent ends up with visitation rights.
When determining a visitation schedule, both parties should really put in the effort to make it as fair as possible to everyone involved, including the children. A well devised visitation schedule is key in avoiding problems in the future.
One reason the visitation schedule is important is due to the fact that it determines when the non-custodial parent gets to see their children. A court enforced schedule is granting the non-custodial parent a legal rights to visitation.
Creating a child visitation schedule that’s fair to both parents is important for many reasons. A fair visitation schedule that accommodates both parents will generally be followed better than a schedule that favors one parent or the other. For example, a parent who thinks the schedule doesn’t allow them enough time with their child may try to deny visitation to the other parent. They may also keep the child longer than the schedule grants permission.
Holidays are often a source of contention when developing a child visitation schedule. Sometimes one parent becomes greedy and wants the child with them every time a holiday or summer vacation approaches. Bickering over holiday visitation can be eliminated all together with a fair visitation schedule that accommodates both parents.
Each parent needs to discuss visitation issues with their lawyers and let them assist with planning a schedule that will accommodate everyone. This process usually involves a lot of compromise from both parents. Naturally, neither parent wants to sacrifice any amount of time spent with their child. After much discussion and consideration it is possible to come to an agreement that accommodates both parents.
Once the visitation schedule is put into effect, it is a lawful agreement. The visitation schedule grants each parent to see their child on specific dates and occasions and must be adhered to. This is why creating a child visitation schedule that is fair to both parents is important from the very beginning. In order to make sure the schedule is fair, each parent needs to make their needs and desires known to their attorney from the very beginning. It is highly probable that at least one of the parents will contest at some point, so a compromise must be reached.
In conclusion, a fair child visitation schedule is necessary to ensure that everyone involved in the divorce is getting adequate time with the child. A schedule that accommodates both parents equally is more likely to eliminate arguments in the future and make the visitation process smoother.