A form can help establish visitation

Everyone knows that parents fighting and arguing can leave a lasting negative impression on a young child, which is why many courts encourage mediation and peaceful negotiations between divorcing couples. Unfortunately, such mediations do not always achieve the desired effect, and courts are then required to step in and establish guidelines for the divorce. These guidelines can include the custody and visitation schedules between the parents. However, if you and your spouse are willing to discuss such matters in mediation, a form might help you streamline the process.

You may be surprised at how extensive visitation schedules sometimes have to be, but the truth is that there are many factors that affect a given calendar year, and each of these factors must be accounted for in a visitation schedule. Obviously, you must determine how visitation works on weekends, but you may not realize that different visitation might be scheduled for holiday weekends. If, for instance, one parent regularly gets Fridays off before holiday weekends, or if you simply wish to alter the visitation schedule for three-day weekends wherein Monday is a holiday that should be documented in the visitation form.

In addition to specific dates, provisions will also need to be made for picking up a child from school if, for instance, parents may sometimes wish to alternate such duties. On a similar note, in the event that one parent becomes ill, provisions can be made that allow for the other parent to reschedule visitation. Even telephone conversations can be established in a visitation schedule.

Looking over a visitation schedule form before going into mediation can save you and your spouse a great deal of time when it comes to determining visitation. Looking over all possible factors and establishing the rules will make it easier for both you and your attorneys, and can make your entire divorce or separation process significantly less difficult.

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