While some divorces or separations can result in rather hostile relationships, it does not always have to end that way, especially when there are children in the picture. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, those dealing with an ex-wife or husband should consider maintaining their child's feeling of security by finding ways to remain cordial and not talking ill of the other in front of them.
Parents are also encouraged to try and be on the same page as their ex so that they can work together to raise their children with a more united front. When it comes to child custody issues, part of having to work together includes agreeing to a reasonable visitation schedule for you and your ex-spouse.
When a judge presiding over your divorce or separation has entitled you and your ex to “reasonable visitation,” it means that both of you will be responsible for creating a plan for parental visitation time, according to FindLaw. Reasonable visitation is often more preferred than a “fixed visitation” schedule, which is when a judge orders times, and sometimes places, for the non-custodial parent to visit.
Usually, the parent with custodial rights will have more influence over what will be considered “reasonable visitation,” particularly with duration and times. The custodial parent is also not legally bound to agree to a proposed visitation schedule, but to have a visitation plan work, both parents must be able to sanely and rationally communicate with each other.
To learn more about your legal options when it comes to child custody and visitation, talk to a family law attorney who can explain your rights and provide you with proper legal counsel. For more general information, visit the Related Resources links below.
- Meet With A Chicago Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
- More Child Custody and Visitation FAQs (FindLaw)
- Tips on Managing Child Visitation Difficulties with an Ex-Spouse (FindLaw’s KnowledgeBase)
- When Parents Divorce: Crafting a Child Custody Agreement (FindLaw’s KnowledgeBase)