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How do you design a visitation schedule for young children?

Establishing a good visitation schedule can often be difficult, but you may encounter more challenges if your children are very young. As a Florida mom, you likely have many questions about the kind of visitation arrangement you should set up for your young children.

When your child is under the age of 5, you may need to be more flexible about visitation. FamilyEducation.com says that pre-school-aged children are usually able to spend increased amounts of time with each parent. While some kids may be all right with an overnight visit, others may be uncomfortable being away from you for so long. Children of this age are old enough to tell you how they feel, so it is important for you to listen to them so you understand how they feel about moving between your home and your ex-husband's.

If your child is a toddler or an infant, it may be difficult to split your child's time evenly between you and your ex-husband. This is because your child neds a stable environment, and children this young usually cannot picture you if you are not in the room with them. Because of this, you may want to refrain from overnight visits and instead arrange for your child to spend a portion of each day with both of you.

Regardless of your child's age, it is important to take their temperament into account when you create your visitation schedule. Visitation typically works best when both you and your ex-husband are aware of what your children need physically and psychologically and can make sure their needs are provided for at both homes.

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