As the holiday season – Christmas and New Year – is no longer a distant mirage on the horizon, family courts get particularly busy at this time of year resolving claims regarding child visitation issues filed by thousands of parents in Wesley Chapel.
While the issue of child custody and parent visitation usually arises and looms over family courts around the holidays, our skilled child visitation attorneys at DHW Law advise separated parents to plan beforehand and get a viable time-sharing schedule before you even install a Christmas three at your house.
Ask any family law attorney in Wesley Chapel: establishing a child visitation schedule is by far the most prominent (and complex) element of any separation between parents whether they are married or unmarried.
Child visitation in Wesley Chapel and across Florida may be stablished and modified in several ways. Although courts encourage parents to agree to a time-sharing plan that would work for both of them, this is oftentimes not an option for separated parents who aren’t on speaking terms or fight every time they start a conversation.
That’s why hiring a Wesley Chapel child visitation attorney is most of the times the best solution to establish a viable time-sharing schedule and avoid costly legal proceedings and save countless of your nerve cells (keep in mind: nerve cells don’t regenerate).
Why child visitation schedules ordered by courts may not work
Depending on your particular circumstances, Wesley Chapel family courts may follow different procedures when establishing a time-sharing schedule.
This may present separated parents with a plethora of problems and disagreements, as for many separated parents, child visitation plans ordered by family laws don’t work for neither of the parents.
As a result of a time and money-consuming legal proceeding into child visitation, the court may designate one parent’s home as the main residence for the children and allow the other parent to pay frequent visits and have limitless contact.
This may not work for parents who want to limit the other parent’s child visitation time. Also, a family court may order rotating custody, where the child visitation would be split 50/50 between each parent.
While this child custody plan may work for some, it almost never works out when put into practices.
When considering claims relating to child visitation, family courts prioritize the “best interests” of the child. Therefore, child visitation plans ordered by courts may not be in the “best interests” of either of the parents, which could only aggravate conflicts and disagreements between the separated parents.
Not to mention the exhaustive legal process of determining each parent’s ability and capacity to care and provide for the children. This process most of the times includes thorough checks of the parents’ mental and emotional stability to ensure the children’s physical safety.
Also, courts will look into each parents’ ability to provide for the child (food, clothing, education, medical care, etc.) based on the separated parents’ income.
How to make a parent visitation plan without courts?
Given the rather time-consuming and, in many cases, unfair process of determining child visitation in Wesley Chapel, many separated parents seek the legal advice of experienced child visitation attorneys who would help them agree to a viable parenting plan that would work for both parents.
In a written child visitation agreement, both parents must put together a schedule that would include:
1. The child spending frequent time with both parents
2. How frequent parenting visits are depending on the child’s age
3. Everyday schedule that shows when the children spend time with each parent during the week and on weekends
4. A holiday schedule determining who has the child for the incoming major holidays
5. A summer break schedule showing the child visitation plan for each parent.
Establishing a time-sharing schedule for separated parents is most of the times possible only with the help of an experienced Wesley Chapel child visitation attorney.
Here at DHW Law, our skilled attorneys have helped hundreds of separated parents – both married and divorced – find the best time-sharing solutions that would work best for both of them while taking into account the children’s best interests.
Consult our Wesley Chapel parent visitation attorney today by calling at 813-962-3176 or fill out this contact form to get a free initial consultation.