If you and your child’s other parent cannot agree on a parenting time plan, it is crucial to have a dedicated family attorney on your side. A Douglasville visitation lawyer at Bardley McKnight Law could help you reach an agreement that is fair and that is ultimately in the best interest of your child.
Once the court determines physical custody, visitation also known as “Parenting Time”, must be determined. Oftentimes courts will settle for what is typically considered standard visitation for a non-custodial parent which is every other weekend from Friday at 6:00pm to Sunday at 6:00pm, one evening visit during the off week (the week the noncustodial parent does not have weekend visitation), a few weeks in the summer, and alternating holidays.
At Bardley McKnight Law, our Douglasville visitation attorneys do not settle for is “standard.” We look at the facts and circumstances of each case and we develop a customized case strategy to achieve the best custody arrangement for our clients and their children. Some parents opt for a week on, week off parenting schedule. This parenting schedule gives each parent a full week of exclusive parenting time and each parent is responsible for getting the child to an from school and extra-curricular activities during their week.
Another option is to split the week and exchange the child midweek on Thursday. This is a great option where one parent works
every weekend and their days off from work are usually weekdays.
Another common visitation option is the 2-2-3 schedule. With the 2-2-3 parenting schedule, one parents has parenting time with the child Monday and Tuesday, the other parent has parenting time on Wednesday and Thursday, and the parties alternate the weekend, Friday through Sunday.
There is also the option for a 4-3, 3-4 parenting schedule. With a 4-3,3-4 parenting schedule Parent A has four full days with the child, Parent B has three full days with the child, Parent A then has three full days with the child, followed by four full days for Parent B. I find the 4-3, 3-4 parenting schedule to be ideal when the parties have a young child.
Our well-practiced parenting time lawyers in Douglasville know that visitation varies from case to case and is based on the facts and circumstances relative to each situation. Remember, children strive where there is structure and cohesion. The parenting time schedule must serve the minor child’s best interests.
Modification of visitation differs from modification of child custody. Once a parent’s visitation or parenting time schedule has been established by court order, that parent must wait two (2) years before he or she seeks to modify their visitation UNLESS there has been a material change in circumstances that substantially affects their child’s best interests and welfare. In that instance, the noncustodial parent does not have to wait two (2) years to seek a modification of their visitation or parenting time.
For help with establishing a parenting time schedule—or modifying an existing agreement—reach out to a knowledgeable Douglasville visitation lawyer at our firm for assistance. Call now to schedule your free initial meeting.