When people divorce in California, they may not always share custody of their children. Sometimes one parent may have visitation rights and in this situation, it is important for parents to create a visitation schedule.
People can typically create a visitation schedule that fits their particular situation. According to Very Well Family, some parents might decide that the non-custodial parent has the children for overnight visits on weekends. Other families may prefer a parent to visit with the kids during an overnight visit on a weekday. When children are very young, they may not be ready for overnight visits, and it may be best if the non-custodial parent spends entire days with the kids and then takes them back to the custodial parent’s home. When parents start putting their visitation schedule together, it is a good idea to remember the 20% rule. This means that 20% of parenting time should consist of visits with the non-custodial parent.
It is a good idea to write this schedule down so it is easy for the whole family to follow it. Additionally, it is important for parents to remember that they can always change this schedule if it does not work. People may want to try this schedule for a few weeks to understand what works best for their family. Visitation arrangements may also change as the kids get older. Older children may want to spend more time with the non-custodial parent, and overnight visits may transition to visits that last the entire weekend.
Additionally, it is important for parents to include vacations and holidays in their visitation schedule. Woman’sDivorce.com says people should usually discuss when they can each take the kids on vacation. They may want to decide that each of them can travel with the kids for two weeks each year, for example. It is also a good idea to discuss where the children will spend holidays. Parents may want to divide holidays between them. If ex-spouses live near each other, they may want to split holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas so each of them gets a few days with the kids.