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How to create a visitation schedule for an infant

A divorce for Florida parents can mean they need to create a schedule for custody and visitation. If the child is an infant, the visitation schedule may involve short visits a few times as week. Overnight visits can be beneficial in building a bond between the child and the noncustodial parent, but some courts prefer to wait until the child is older. Frequency of visits is more important, and the child will still bond with the other parent whether or not there are overnights.

A custodial parent may experience some anxiety over visitation. As the child's main caregiver, the custodial parent understands the child's cues, cries and needs and may be concerned the other parent will not. However, that parent can learn, and the schedule can take the child's needs for sleep and food into account.

Nursing mothers may be concerned about a visitation schedule that would require them to pump if they are having trouble with it. Some parents may want to consider using formula as a supplement. Good communication can help parents work through these difficulties.

Maintaining this good communication is one reason that it may be better for parents to try to work out the schedule through negotiations or mediation. It can keep tensions lower as they then try to build a co-parenting relationship. Even when children are not this young, it is not unusual for the custody schedule to need a revision as they gets older. There could be more activities they are involved in, or they may express a preference about the schedule. Modifications in child custody should go through the court system even if parents agree informally to make the change. This allows them to continue to have legal protection for the agreement and recourse in case one of the parents violates it.

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