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Important details to include in a visitation schedule

If you are going through a divorce and share children with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you'll want to create both a parenting agreement and visitation schedule.

A visitation schedule clearly outlines visitation time, giving both parents, as well as the children, a better idea of how things will unfold in the future.

There are many details to include in a visitation schedule, with these among the most important:

  • Weekday visitation
  • Weekend visitation
  • Holiday visitation (including holiday weekends)
  • Even and odd numbered years (as they relate to holidays and special events)
  • School vacations and summer vacations
  • Pick-up and drop-off schedules
  • Illness of a child
  • Communication with the child during visits

These are many different ways to approach each of these details, so it's important to work closely with the other parent to ensure that you're on the same page. If you're unable to work out a visitation schedule in mediation, you'll turn to the court to take control.

What's next?

After you have a visitation schedule in place, it's important to keep it nearby to ensure that you follow all the provisions. Neglecting to do so will anger the other parent, shortchange your children and potentially lead you to trouble with the court.

If your ex-spouse is neglecting to follow the terms of the visitation schedule, discuss your feelings with them. They may not realize they're making a mistake, allowing a simple conversation to solve your issues.

However, if your ex continues to fight you every step of the way, you need to learn more about your legal rights.

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