Reasonable visitation in Florida

When a Florida couple gets a divorce, the parents must determine who will get custody and how they will set up a visitation schedule. If the parents can cooperate, the judge may ask the parents to work out a visitation schedule that works best for their specific situation.

When a judge determines that the non-custodial parent has "reasonable visitation," this means that the judge expects the parents to work together to come to a visitation agreement. Parental cooperation is considered to be the best route in these matters, as the parents can compare their schedules and work out an agreement that is in everyone's best interest.

If the parents cannot cooperate, however, coming to an agreement may be more difficult. These types of agreements often give the custodial parent more power as they have the most influence over what may be considered reasonable. Because this type of order does not include any set times, the custodial parent does not necessarily have to agree to a proposed visitation time. If the custodial parent does interfere with the non-custodial parent's visitation, however, the judge may take the custodial parent's inability to cooperate into consideration.

While some ex-spouses can get along and work out their own visitation schedule, others cannot and end up with a visitation dispute. A family law attorney may assist their client with seeking primary custody, especially if it is believed that the other parent cannot properly care for the children. Otherwise, the attorney may assist in negotiating a visitation that takes numerous factors into account, including the children's ages, where they go to school and what activities they are involved in, as well as the parent's schedules and household situations.

Source: Findlaw, "The judge mentioned "reasonable visitation," what does that mean? ", January 05, 2015

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