Visitation or parenting time is one of the basic elements of a parenting plan. Aside from custody, you need to discuss how to split your kid’s time with you and your former spouse.
Generally, there are four types of visitation orders:
- With a schedule: Both parents dedicate time to their child, following an organized schedule. It considers special events, holidays and vacations.
- Reasonable: Also called an open-ended order, it allows more flexibility between parents. It works for parents who can agree and communicate well, allowing them to adjust their schedules as needed efficiently.
- Supervised: This order requires the other parent, another adult, a social worker or a family counselor to supervise during visits. It applies when the court finds visitation issues regarding the child’s safety or well-being. The court may also order supervised parenting time for parents and children who have been apart for a long time.
- No visitation: The court might not allow any visitation rights to a parent if it could physically or emotionally harm the child.
Additionally, the court can look at other factors, such as family history or dynamics, before providing orders.
Planning quality time with your kids
Naturally, any parent would want to spend time with their kids on holidays and special occasions. However, it would be best if you worked together with your former spouse to guarantee you both have opportunities to bond with your child.
Here are some tips for working out a holiday schedule for your kid:
- Openly discuss holiday expectations
- Understand and compromise
- Consider your kid’s wishes
- Put your agreement in writing
You and your former spouse can maintain strong relationships with your children if you learn to adjust and meet halfway.