There are many things to consider during the divorce process, with perhaps the most important factor being the best interests of the child. Often, parents are awarded joint physical custody of the child, which means they share the responsibility of a child’s living arrangements.
However, on occasion, joint physical custody is neither practical or in the best interests of the child. In these cases, one parent may be awarded sole physical custody, with the other parent being granted visitation rights. Outlined below are three ways in which visitation can be managed in California.
Frequently, parents come up with a rigid plan that allows visitation to happen on set times and dates. For example, one parent may have the child every second weekend plus one day each week, with the other parent managing the rest of the time. In some circumstances, this can be beneficial for the child as it offers a form of structure and stability.
Occasionally, supervised visitation may be in the best interests of the child. This means that the child will visit the other parent with another adult present. The adult may be a close relative or could even be a professional. Often, supervised visitation is utilized where a parent has become estranged from their child and they need to get to know each other again.
Reasonable visitation means that parents arrange visits in a more flexible manner. This process is often utilized where work schedules are erratic and specific dates are difficult to agree upon. This type of visitation typically requires a great deal of cooperation and compromise from all parties.
Considering different ways in which child visitation can be managed could be in your best interests. As a parent, there are legal options open to you during the divorce procedure.