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After custody is determined, the court may need to make visitation orders.
Visitation is necessary when one parent has been given sole physical
custody, which means that the child lives almost exclusively with that parent.
Visitation orders are not required when parents share joint custody of
Creating a visitation schedule, or visitation orders, can be especially
difficult for some parents. If both parties are able to cooperate, then
they can work together to create a schedule. If conflict occurs, then
the court may decide to step in.
Visitation is simply allotted time given to the non-custodial parent to
spend with the child. Visitation schedules usually include specific details
about the timing, location, and transportation responsibilities. A separate
schedule can also be created for out of the ordinary events, such as birthdays,
holidays, and school vacations.
If both parents can make a satisfactory schedule, then the court will review
and sign it, at which point the schedule becomes a court order. Should
court involvement become necessary, the child's best interests will
be upheld at all points during the arrangements.
It is important to take into account your work schedule and any other events
that may hinder time spent with your child when creating a schedule. Children
thrive on routine, so consistency and normalcy is best.
As your visitation schedule is put into action, observe your child and
see how they react to the schedule. If you notice that it is not working
out as well as you'd hoped, you may submit a modification request
to the court. Courts understand that family life is constantly changing,
so in most cases they are willing to make an adjustment. Supplying proof
that this modification is in your child's best interest is all that
is necessary when submitting your request.
If you and your former spouse are in the midst of creating a visitation
schedule, it can be beneficial to work with an attorney who can keep the
peace and protect your rights. Contact an
Orange County divorce attorney from The Law Offices of
W. Douglas McKeague today for more information!
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