Child visitation is one of the most important issues to arise during a divorce proceeding. At Jarvis, Krieger and Sullivan, we have extensive experience and expertise in this complex area of the law. We are aggressive advocates for the rights of our clients and their children in the divorce process and have the ability to work with other professionals, including social workers and counselors, to make sure children are cared for properly. Historically, the attorney’s at Jarvis, Krieger and Sullivan have been appointed by the Courts to represent minor children, and have particular knowledge and experience regarding the rights of children in a divorce matter.
We believe in firm negotiations from positions of strength in representing our client’s interests. The fact that most of our referrals come from former clients, other attorneys and even from ex-spouses of former clients, attests to our reputation for fairness, honesty and results.
Establishing a Visitation Plan
Visitation plans are typically put in place to plan parenting time for a child and his or her non-custodial parent. In general, it is considered best for a child to spend time with a non-custodial parent on a regular basis. This allows the non-custodial parent to still maintain an active presence in their child’s life.
When determining a visitation plan, the ages of the children should be considered as well as the child’s feelings about the situation. Other factors that may influence a child’s visitation schedule with his or her non-custodial parent include:
|•||Work Schedules, Schools and Child Care Places available to each parent|
|•||Frequency of phone calls to and from the children|
|•||The need for supervised visitation|
|•||Ability for parent to communicate about a child’s needs with the other parent|
|•||Alienation of the child by one parent against the other|
Over time, you may need to modify your original visitation agreement due to changes in circumstances such as parental relocation or remarriage of one or both parents.