Creating a Visitation Agreement
Divorce is one of the most emotional times a family can face. Even so, it is essential for the divorcing couple to try to discuss and negotiate their own visitation (or parenting time) agreement instead of leaving it to the court to decide. Even if there are other areas of the divorce that are contentious, try to set it all aside and focus solely on what is in the best interests of your children. In other words, when it comes to the kids, try to be flexible and open to reaching a mutually beneficial arrangement. By working together, you and your ex-spouse can create a visitation plan that will work best for your entire family.
Your parenting time agreement must set forth the schedule of when each parent will spend time with the children. You may want to consider detailing how to handle communication issues, such as copying each other on emails or text messages when discussing plans with the children. You should also establish a general procedure for delivering and picking-up the children for visitations. In fact, your agreement can cover any other matters related to your children that you can agree upon, including:
- Specific rules that should be followed when scheduling activities during parenting time
- Outlining the amount of time each parent will have with the children
- Detailing any special dietary restrictions for the children (allergies, etc.)
- Identifying any regular prescriptions the child is required to have and the schedule for administering the medications
- Any specific plans regarding the child’s education or religious upbringing
- Any necessary steps to follow for creating a safe home for the child
- Creating a schedule for summer vacations
- Creating a schedule for parenting time during the holidays
One of our experienced family law attorneys can assist you in negotiating a fair and manageable visitation agreement that will be most advantageous for your family. If you have a visitation schedule that is currently not working due to a significant change in your life circumstances, we can also help you obtain a modification of your agreement. Finally, if your ex-spouse is not abiding by the terms of a court-approved visitation agreement, we can help you seek to enforce it. Whatever issues you are facing in your divorce, we are here to help you.
Contact the knowledgeable attorneys at the Men’s Divorce Law Firm. Our office is located in Orlando, Florida, but we proudly serve husbands and fathers across the State.