Dealing With Visitation Issues During Divorce

Posted on: 19 July 2023

When divorcing parties create a visitation schedule, problems can follow. When any of the below issues arise, speak with your divorce attorney.

Disagreements on Visitation Terms 

Divorcing parties may have different ideas about the visitation schedule, including the frequency, duration, and specific days or times for visitation. 

A lawyer experienced in family law can provide guidance and negotiate on your behalf. They can help you understand your rights and legal options, advocate for your interests, and work towards finding a fair and workable visitation schedule through mediation or negotiation.

Communication and Co-Parenting Challenges

Poor communication between divorcing parties can hinder the creation of a visitation schedule. It may be challenging to discuss visitation matters, share information about the children, or resolve conflicts that arise during the implementation of the schedule.

A lawyer can help facilitate communication between the parties, ensuring that important information is shared effectively and conflicts are addressed constructively. They can offer strategies for improving co-parenting communication and provide guidance to resolve disputes in a manner that prioritizes the best interests of the children.

Complex Work Schedules or Geographic Distance

Factors such as demanding work schedules, frequent travel, or long distances between the parents' residences can make it challenging to create a visitation schedule that accommodates everyone's needs and allows for meaningful parent-child time.

A lawyer can assist in devising creative solutions to address these challenges. They can propose alternative visitation arrangements, such as extended weekends, virtual visitation, or flexible schedules.

Changes in Circumstances

Over time, circumstances may change for either the parent or the children, necessitating modifications to the visitation schedule. These changes can include relocation, changes in work schedules, remarriage, or the children's evolving needs as they grow older.

A lawyer can guide you through the process of modifying the visitation schedule when circumstances change. They can help assess whether a modification is necessary, facilitate negotiations between the parties, and, if needed, represent you in court to seek a formal modification order.

Enforcing the Visitation Schedule

In some cases, one parent may fail to comply with the visitation schedule, causing frustration and disruptions in parent-child time. 

If one parent consistently violates the visitation schedule, a lawyer can help you seek enforcement remedies. They can assist in documenting the violations, filing a motion for contempt or modification, and representing your interests in court to ensure the visitation schedule is upheld.

Speak to a divorce or family law attorney to find out more.