Visitation and its Impact on Children and Divorce

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What is the relationship between children and divorce? How does visitation play a role? What types of visitation can be ordered? How can you minimize the harm done to children when a divorce occurs?

This articles looks at visitation and its impact on children and divorce.

No divorce is “typical.” But an ordinary divorce decree might give both parents Joint Legal and Joint Physical Custody with primary custody to mom and significant visitation to dad. In this case, mom would have the kids during the week, and every other weekend, dad would take the children. Dad would also spend Wednesday nights from 5:00 to 9:00 with the children.

The parents would alternate holidays. Mom might have Thanksgiving in even years and Christmas in odd years. There might be special orders about the kids being with mom on Mother’s Day on her birthday and with dad on Father’s Day and his birthday.

The parents could each have a two week vacation which would be uninterrupted by visitation by the other party so that they could travel with the children.

Both parties would have the right to a 15 minute phone call with the children when they were in the other’s care. Both parties would be able to show up at sporting events when the children were playing.

As I said, though, no divorce is typical. By law, dad has every right to be the primary custodian. Some parents decide a 50/50 timeshare works best for them with the child spending every other week with them.

Other times, visitation is much more restricted than the scenario described above. If Supervised Visitation is ordered, then a monitor must be present throughout the visit. Sometimes the monitor is a family member or friend of the non custodial parent. Other times, the Judge orders that a professional monitor be present and paid for.

Then there are the cases where no visitation is ordered. In these cases, the Judge decides that any contact with the parent would be physically or emotionally harmful to the child.

What works best for your child and divorce? If you can work out visitation between the two of you, you will probably reach the best solution for all concerned.

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