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Customizing a child visitation schedule

When parents in Florida file for divorce, there are a host of issues that must be settled and written in the divorce decree. One of the most difficult may be that of child custody and child visitation. There is no question that, in most cases, children do best when they spend a significant amount of time with both parents. However, a child visitation schedule is put in place to determine which parent is allowed time with the child and when. While some parents allow the court-appointed judge to make the final decision when determining the child visitation schedule, other parents create their own visitation schedule through mediation and negotiation.

One important thing to keep in mind when creating a visitation schedule is accommodating the child’s school schedule, as well as any extra-curricular activities he or she may be involved in. If the child has practice on certain days, it may be logical to have the parent that is available to help them on that day take care of them. Parents should always put their children’s’ needs ahead of their own. Think of what would be best for them and continue along that path. Parents should put aside their emotions and avoid using their children as go-betweens when creating a schedule.

It is important to think in terms of logistics when thinking of a schedule. Is it easier for one parent to pick the children up from school? Is one parent more equipped to handle the kids on the weekend? These types of situations can help ease the visitation process for everyone involved.

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