Visitation, Holiday Schedules, Mediation, Parenting Classes
Just like your decisions regarding custody, one of the most important and emotional aspects of any domestic relations case is determining the time each parent will be allowed to spend with their children during and after the court proceedings.
The parties need to agree on what time the children will spend with each parent. The parenting time (or visitation) will need to be documented in writing so each parent knows his/her rights and responsibilities for the day, month, holidays, and special occasions. The sooner a parenting schedule is place, the sooner the children will be able to adapt to the new schedule and weekly routines.
Only when there is a written parenting plan approved by the court can the terms of that agreement be enforced. If a parent refuses the other parent access to the children during his or her assigned parenting time, in violation of the court order or parenting plan, there are serious consequences. The court should be informed of all violations as soon as possible.
If the matter proceeds to trial, the court will make a determination of parenting time in accordance with the best interest of the children.
As the children grow and circumstances change, it is sometimes necessary to return to court and request a modification of parenting time.
Modification of parenting time must be in the best interest of the children.
Unfortunately, some situations require supervised visitation. The Family Law Office of Amy E. Richards will work with you to obtain the needed protection for you and your children.