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When spouses separate, the non-custodial parent often has to put up with the whims of the custodial parent (or the one with whom the child or children reside) when it comes to seeing their common children.
Strained communications can make visitation especially painful for the seeking parent and the children who are caught in the middle of the warring parents. Issues like marital infidelity and support often get in the way of visitation when one parent uses the children to punish the other for a marital issue.
This is why having a formal written visitation agreement is important not only to ensure compliance by both parents but also to prevent unnecessary bickering.
Here is a sample form that you can use as a guide for your own visitation schedule. It is a basic template that you can work with by adding or excluding terms as you see fit.
Some things to remember:
- Have your lawyer and the other party’s lawyer negotiate the terms to avoid nitpicking and emotional arguments.
- Know your non negotiables and be ready to meet the other halfway on the other terms.
- Remember that visitation is not about support although the issues seem to be tied. You should not prevent your children from seeing the other parent who failed to provide support.
- Get the visitation agreement approved in court to add teeth in case the other party violates any of its terms.
- Be flexible whenever possible. Visitation agreements are not cast in stone; what is best for your children should be the ultimate goal when following its terms.