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Details to include in a visitation schedule agreement

When moving through the divorce process, the creation of a visitation schedule agreement is among the most important details.

It doesn't matter if you're the custodial or noncustodial parent, this agreement clearly defines your legal rights.

While no two visitation schedule agreements are the same, here are some of the many details you should consider including:

  • Weekends: This is the time of the week when both parents typically have the most available time. Your visitation schedule can state which parent has custody on the weekends, such as on a rotating basis.
  • Holidays: Parents enjoy spending holidays with their children, but this is more difficult after divorce. A visitation schedule agreement should outline what happens on the holidays. For instance, you may have custody on even-numbered years, while your ex has custody on odd-numbered years.
  • School vacations: Just the same as holidays, school vacations come up throughout the year. Where will your child spend their Christmas vacation? How about their summer break? It's critical to hash out these details in your visitation schedule agreement.

With a visitation schedule agreement in place, you'll better understand your legal rights. However, keep in mind that flexibility is a must.

Maybe you need to change the weekend you visit with your children. Maybe your spouse asks to adjust their holiday visitation schedule. Flexibility can go a long way in easing tension and ensuring the best possible situation for all parties.

If your ex continually violates your visitation schedule agreement, talk to them about what's happening. If that doesn't work, learn more about the legal steps you can take for securing a modification.

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