Child visitation addresses the non-custodial rights of the parent’s to spend time with the child(ren).
Typically, it is when one parents gets to visit or spend time with the minor child. Whereas custody refers to which parent(s) will have legal custody of the child(ren); meaning, with whom the child(ren) will live.
In Maryland, the Courts determine the type of child visitation schedule that is permitted. For example, the Courts may grant a specific and limited schedule or allow for more general schedule The court considers what is in the best interest of the child(ren) when determining the type of schedule and conditions that are granted to both parents. The best interest of the child(ren) is the primary factor that the court considers in all custody and cases. Some factors the court may consider in the realm of best interest are:
- The wishes of the child
- The suitability of the parents ho,e
- The child’s history of care
Parents may work together or independently to create a visitation schedule. Moreover, a legal profession or an attorney may also create a visitation schedule. However, it is recommended that both parents set aside their differences and work together to create a visitation schedule because both parents have extensive knowledge regarding the child’s(rens) schedule and availability. Thus, it is in the best interest of the child(ren) for both parents to work together. The court views parental cooperation positively and utilizes the agreed upon visitation schedule upon deciding visitation rights. Some criteria you may want to include in a visitation schedule is:
- A regular residential schedule that states when your child will spend time with each of your on a regular basis
- A holiday schedule that will provide your child time with each of you on holidays and other special days
- A vacation schedule that permits your child to have extended time with each of you during school breaks and the parents’ personal vacation times.
It is not uncommon for parents to disagree about the child visitation schedule. When this occurs, the Court may order both parents to participate in programs offered by the Children’s Rights Council and/or other providers. These programs are intended to help parents better cooperate. Further, a family law attorney may also assist parents in creating and reaching an agreement regarding the visitation schedule.
If you need assistance creating a visitation schedule, reaching an agreement, or are simply uncertain about key details that you should include in the visitation schedule, call our office today. Take advantage of our free consultation policy. You will have the opportunity to speak with as experienced family law attorney that will help you with your case. Call now and get you questions answered.