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How do Floridians organize their child visitation schedules?

When you're trying to negotiate a child visitation schedule with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, it can be a difficult and emotional process. More than that, though, spouses often feel lost as to what visitation schedule is the most appropriate. Fortunately, Florida parents don't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to visitation schedules.

Usually, the non-custodial parent will be in charge of about 20 percent of parenting time. This doesn't account for daycare time or school time. Here are some of the most common child custody arrangements that parents select:

-- An overnight stay on odd weekends.

-- One weeknight spent with the non-custodial parent on odd weeks or one overnight on odd weeks.

-- An extra long visit for approximately two to six weeks every summer.

-- Holidays and birthdays, but not all of them.

Regular visitation schedules are key to your child's successful development. These visitation times should be consistent and they need to work well for everyone in the family, including your ex-spouse. The younger your children are, the more they will benefit from predictable routines.

It's difficult every time you have to let go of your child to spend time with your ex-spouse. Perhaps you're the custodial parent and you have a hard time seeing your kids go for the weekend. Or, perhaps you're the non-custodial parent and you have a hard time knowing that you won't see your child for some time when you return him or her to your ex.

If you have questions about the most appropriate child visitation plan for your kids, your Florida family law attorney can help. Your lawyer can brainstorm ideas that might fit your ex's and your children's schedules in order to arrive at a parenting schedule that's agreeable for everyone.

Source: The Spruce, "What is a Typical Visitation Schedule?," Jennifer Wolf, accessed May 17, 2017

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