When you are working through a child custody case, you will have to come up with a plan for visitation so that both parents can spend time with the child. This is done either through mediation or through the judge deciding what is best for the child.
There are two ways that visitation might be handled. The first is through an arrangement based on reasonable visitation. The second is a fixed visitation schedule. Understanding both is crucial if you are in the midst of a child custody case.
In order for reasonable visitation to work, you and your child's other parent must be able to communicate and work together. Typically, the parent who has physical custody of the child has more of a say in when, where and how visitation occurs.
Fixed visitation is set by the court. There is a schedule to follow. There might also be other conditions for the visits, such as being held in a specific location. The terms fixed visitation should be followed as ordered.
Any parent who is dealing with visitation issues should make sure that they are following the court orders. In the case of reasonable visitation, neither parent should act maliciously toward the other. Trying to keep a parent from seeing his or her child when there is a court order for the parent to see the child can lead to legal troubles.
As is the case in all child custody cases, you should make sure that what you do is best for your child. This can help your child learn to live a full life after the divorce.
Source: FindLaw, "Parental Visitation Rights FAQ," accessed March 17, 2017