During a divorce, parents will decide who gets to spend the most time with the child. The parent that is with the child more than 50-percent of the time is known as the custodial parent. The parent that does not have the majority of the custody of the child will likely be granted visitation rights. The visitation rights may be the child spending every other weekend with that parent. During the custody agreement, they may agree that in addition to weekends, one parent may request that the child spends certain holidays with one parent over the other or they may alternate the holidays each year.
There are a number of factors that a court will use to determine visitation rights between the child and the non-custodial parent. They will take into consideration the age of the child, the geographic location of the child, any special needs that child may have and the history of the relationship between the parent and the child. Older children may express their desire to see one parent or be with one parent on certain holidays as opposed to the other parent. When the children are younger, they typically don’t have as much say in who they spend their time with.
Another concept that may be negotiated is visitation rights that the children have with more distant relatives such as a grandparent or other important figure in their lives. When discussing custody and visitation, whether it be in court or during the mediation process, there are a lot of factors that must be considered. It is important that you contact an experienced family law attorney who can assist you in coming to a custody agreement with your child’s other parent after a divorce.
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