The issue of custody is likely the most emotional step in any divorce. If you are currently dissatisfied with your visitation arrangement and want to see your child more often, you may be able to negotiate for a more favorable visitation agreement. Your child deserves your consistent involvement as a parent and the visitation attorneys in Rhode Island at Moyer Law, PC want to help you make that happen.
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Developing a Child Visitation Schedule in Rhode Island
With joint custody, you draw up a child visitation schedule in order to specify how parents will share custody. And, more importantly, how to continue a relationship with their children. Having an official visitation schedule in place can reduce confusion and conflict between the parents as well. This, in turn, can minimize the need to communicate with one another if that’s an issue. More importantly, however, it gives children a sense of security that they know where and with whom they’ll be spending their nights, weekends, vacations and holidays.
What Is a Child Visitation Schedule?
A visitation schedule in Rhode Island actually consists of three separate schedules in addition to provisions for electronic and telephone contact with both parents:
- Residential: This is the foundation of the visitation schedule. It designates whose home the child will be in on a regular basis.
- Holiday: This designates where a child will spend holidays and special occasions. Often, children alternate where they’ll spend holidays from one year to the next.
- Vacation: This codifies where children will spend school breaks and summer vacation.
Of course, life is unpredictable. Sometimes a parent isn’t able to take time off from work when they hope to. And sometimes other unforeseen circumstances arise. As a result, it may be wise to include a clause requiring parents to give each other a certain amount of advance notice if they aren’t able to stick to the schedule.
When negotiating visitation, you and your divorcing spouse may come to an agreement about parenting time and present it to the court for approval. If you cannot come to an agreement, however, the court will be able to decide for you.
Your options for visitation arrangements in Rhode Island include:
- Fixed visitation: With this plan, the non-custodial parent has a set schedule of days they can see their child.
- Reasonable visitation: A reasonable visitation order is less strict because it permits the parents to change the days and times of the visits as they see fit.
- Supervised visitation: Requires the supervision of the custodial parent, a designated adult that they know personally, or an appointed agent. This situation is beneficial when there is uncertainty about the mental health of the non-custodial parent, whether by substance abuse or mental illness.
- Zero visitation: A "no visitation" order would only result if the court reasonably believed that visitation would harm the child. Such an extreme reaction would have to be supported by substantial evidence of emotional or physical danger.
Choose Moyer Law, PC
At Moyer Law, PC, our Rhode Island visitation attorneys have more than 20 years of experience working with thousands of clients in Warwick and Providence. We understand that child custody cases weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of our clients. In appreciation of this reality, we have honed the art of providing aggressive yet empathetic representation to help families efficiently resolve their custody and visitation issues.
Our visitation lawyers in Rhode Island can use their decades of experience in drafting and negotiating visitation agreements to help you reach your goals. The interest of your child will always take the highest priority, but we will work tirelessly to protect your parental interests.
If you want to better understand how to fight for visitation rights, call our Rhode Island visitation attorneys today at (401) 305-2934.
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