A visitation schedule is common for parents that are separating or seeking divorce. Visitation schedules are the basic plan outlining where your children will live or spend time.
Visitation (also called “time-share”) is the plan for how the parents will share time with the children. A parent who has the children less than half of the time has visitation with the children. Visitation orders are varied, depending on the best interests of the children, the situation of the parents, and other factors.
Generally, it helps the parents and children to have detailed visitation plans to prevent conflicts and confusion, so parents and courts often come up with a visitation schedule detailing the dates and times that the children will be with each parent. Visitation schedules can include holidays, special occasions (like birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day, and other important dates for the family), and vacations.
A reasonable visitation schedule does not necessarily have details as to when the children will be with each parent. Your visitation schedule are often open-ended and allow the parents to work it out between them. This type of visitation plan can work if parents get along very well and can be flexible and communicate well with one another. But if there are ever disagreements or misunderstandings, this kind of an open schedule can cause issues between the parents, and the children may suffer as a result.
This is used when the children’s safety and well-being require that visits with the other parent be supervised by you, another adult, or a professional agency. A supervised visitation schedule is sometimes also used in cases where a child and a parent need time to become more familiar with each other, like if a parent has not seen the child in a long time and they need to slowly get to know each other again.
This option is used when visiting with the parent, even with supervision, would be physically or emotionally harmful to the children. In these cases, it is not in the best interest of the children for the parent to have any contact with the children.
Click on the following link to download a California Visitation Schedule Order for Parenting Time with the Custodial Parent and the Non-Custodial Parent which is used in California courts.
File Download (PDF File): fl341 – visitation order
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