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.

If there is still tension or animosity between you and your ex-spouse after a divorce, the judge may decide that fixed visitation is in the best interests of the child. This schedule mandates times and places in which non-custodial parents are allowed visitation rights. What this effectively means is that the non-custodial parent will be forbidden to see the child whenever he or she wants and instead be relegated to only weekend viewings or some other set time frame.

There are pros and cons to fixed visitation schedules. The good news is that it is reliable, which helps both the child and the parents; children can look forward to the days on which they will see their other parent, and the parent can plan to take off work or pick up tickets to a theme park to make the day special. Of course, the bad news is that the two will not be able to see each other whenever they want, and there is a chance that the relationship will be less strong because the child may feel that he or she cannot come to the non-custodial parent with some problems.

If you have been placed on a fixed visitation schedule, and you believe that you should be allowed more time with your child, consider visiting an attorney immediately. Florida law is rather strict when it comes to child custody and visitation, but with effective legal representation, you could successfully prove that a less rigid visitation schedule is in the child's best interests.

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