What to Consider When Developing a Fair Visitation Schedule

Developing a fair visitation schedule is an important part of your family’s transition to a new phase in life. It is important to divide time with the child as evenly as possible, while working within the confines of each parent’s schedule. Above all else, the visitation schedule should be fair to the child as well as each parent. By being reasonable and respectful of everyone’s needs, you can develop a visitation schedule that will help your child thrive while encouraging a healthy relationship with your child’s other parent.

Parent schedules

The first step in developing a fair visitation schedule is to consider both parent’s schedules. If one or both parents is employed, consider the following:

  • Number of hours worked each week
  • Commute time
  • Work responsibilities outside of regular office hours
  • Flexibility, such as working from home or adjusting hours worked
  • Vacation days
  • Scheduled days off for holidays
  • Work-related travel

In addition to work schedules, the parents may have other children for whom they are responsible, as well as other family and life obligations. For example, if one parent volunteers once a month or has another child who has regular baseball games, these additional responsibilities should be factored in as well.

Child schedule

Children lead busy lives and their schedules should be a large part of developing a fair visitation schedule. If your child is of school-age, consider the following:

  • Times the child will be in school
  • Transportation to and from school
  • Activities
  • Medical or dental appointments
  • School trips, camps, or other educational-based
  • Time off school for holidays, breaks, and summer
  • Meeting with teachers, coaches, etc.

If your child is not old enough to attend school and both parents are employed, child-care options and related logistics should also be taken into account.

Holidays, breaks, vacations, and special occasions

There will be times such as holidays, breaks, and special occasions, that will require special consideration when formulating your visitation schedule. Parents should aim to split major holidays and breaks as evenly as possible. If your child is of school-age, keep in mind when his or her breaks are as well as your own schedule during that time. For vacations and special occasions, be respectful by giving the child’s other parent as much advance notice as possible.

Frankfurt Law Firm, PLLC, works hard for Dallas families

At Frankfurt Law Firm, PLLC, we understand that developing a fair and workable visitation schedule is a key part of transitioning as a family after a divorce or separation. Our talented legal team is dedicated to helping our clients with all of their family law needs. To receive your free phone consultation, please contact our office at (214) 775-5050, or visit us online at http://www.frankfurtlaw.net.  

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