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What is a fixed visitation schedule?

When it comes to deciding how visitation works for parents who are divorcing, the courts have a great deal of discretion. Even though they will always do what is in the best interests of the child, exactly what is in the bests interests of the child could vary depending on the judge. In many instances, when it comes to visitation, the relationship between the two parents plays a large part in what the courts decide.

Mediation can help with grandparent visitation

No matter what the circumstances of a family's life after a divorce, visitation is likely going to be an issue. In some instances, all parties involved are satisfied with a child custody arrangement, but considering the desires of both parents and the child's grandparents, of which there may be up to four or possibly even more, it is easy to see why visitation and custody matters can be so difficult.

Helping Florida residents with issues of child visitation

Due to recent changes in Florida family law, most divorcing couples will no longer hear words like visitation schedule, but will instead hear the phrase time-sharing schedule. Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of a parenting plan into every divorce or paternity case, which essentially serves as the arrangement for all aspects of post-marital life. Parents develop these plans together, and the courts must then approve the plan. However, if parents cannot agree on a plan, then the courts may appoint one.

Same-sex couples could face visitation issues

The plight of same-sex couples to be treated equally under the law has been very long and well documented. For years, same-sex couples have been struggling to have some of the same simple rights that heterosexual couples enjoy, most specifically the right to marry. While a recent Supreme Court decisions finally granted this right to same-sex couples, marriage is only a part of the picture when dealing with families and the law.

Helping Florida residents get the visitation they deserve

Custody laws vary by state, but in nearly every state there is some form of law regulating custody agreements between divorcing parents who both wish to spend time with their children. In Florida, these laws are governed by a parenting plan, which is a legal document outlining the relationship that each parent has with a child, including how much time parents are allowed to spend with the child, which decisions they are legally allowed to make and more.

Visitation and custody for couples in different states

Child custody and visitation issues are complicated in nearly every divorce case, but they are even more complex if a couple separate to a great degree physically. For some couples, they divorce, but their lives remain in the same location: perhaps they work at a particular job in the nearby city or they wish to remain near friends or family. For other couples, one party or another wishes to add as much distance between their life and the divorce as possible.

Chris Brown fighting for joint custody instead of visitation

Anyone who has gone through a child custody dispute with the other parent of their child knows how difficult and emotional the process can be. Despite this causing the child to suffer, parents may continue to battle until one is awarded custody, and the other parent is left with only visitation. Both parents wanting full custody or not being able to agree on an arrangement that will benefit the child can create a lot of stress for all parties involved. At the end of the day, the goal is to allow the child to maintain a quality relationship with both parents, but this isn't always taken into consideration when two parents are in the midst of a dispute.

Legal assistance for divorcing parents

Our society as a whole has become more understanding of the idea of shared custody and the importance of parents taking active roles in the lives of their children. Perhaps because of this, Florida has recently revised its laws regarding custody and visitation, with phrases such as parenting plans and time-sharing schedules becoming more common. This is all done in an effort to decrease the level of hostility between divorced parents and lead to a healthier family life for a child, even in the event of a divorce.

Florida laws regarding child custody

When parents decide to get divorced, the largest issue for both parties is usually how much time each parent gets to spend with the child after the marriage is over. Florida used to employ a method involving a visitation schedule, which designated how much time the noncustodial parent was allowed to spend with the child. Of course the child was able to spend all other times in the care of the primary residential parent. This is no longer the case.

Florida parental visitation rights

Every state in the union, including Florida, has embraced the concept of parental visitation as generally in the best interests of children and parents. The courts usually prefer to award "reasonable visitation," in which both parties work out a visitation schedule that meets their individual needs and desires rather than having a visitation plan ordered by the court. In practice, however, the custodial parent generally has more say in what is considered "reasonable."

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