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What are the options for visitation schedules?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2022 | Child Custody

Going through a divorce in California can be very emotional. People are splitting their lives and will be losing half of what they used to enjoy. It also means that parents will need to split their time with their children with their ex-spouse. They may no longer see their children every day and will need to trust their ex-spouse is taking care of their children’s needs when they are in their care.

This can be difficult on some parents, but time sharing is a reality for most divorces involving minor children. Visitation and child custody determinations will be made during the divorce. There are different ways that parents can share time with their children though. How it is shared is based on what is in the best interests of the children.

Option for visitation after divorce

One option is to have a set schedule that states the days and times that each parent will have the children in their care each week. How many days and which days each parent will have the children can vary though.

Another is that there is no set schedule and the parents communicate with each other about when they will have the children. This option really only works if the parents cooperate together really well. If there are disagreements, there is nothing for either parent to fall back on to determine who should have the children, which can cause even more problems.

If there are concerns about the children’s safety in the care of a parent, supervised visitation may be the best option. In these situations, another adult is present during the parenting time or it takes place at a supervision center.

The last option, which is very rare, is that the parent has no visitation with the children. This is only used in rare situations where even supervised visitation cannot ensure the children’s safety in a parent’s care.

Making decisions about custody and visitation can be one of the harder decisions parents in California need to make during a divorce. They are also based on the unique circumstances of the marriage and what is in the best interests of the children. This means that there are many different options for visitation. Experienced attorneys understand how the decisions are made and may be able to guide people through the process.