In a divorce the marriage ends but the family continues. All parties
should strive to put the children first and do everything possible
to foster ongoing, healthy relationships between the children and
the non custodial parent. It remains a reality in our society that
mothers are usually the primary caretakers of children, and after
a divorce children usually reside with their mothers. As a result,
divorcing fathers are often afraid that their relationships with
the children will suffer since they no longer share the same household.
Fortunately, that need not be the case. With the right agreements
in place, relationships between non custodial parents and their
children can be preserved and even strengthened. Our firm has enjoyed
great success drafting creative and flexible custody agreements
and visitation schedules.
Under most circumstances, non-custodial parents are entitled to
reasonable visitation with their children. Depending on the age
of the child, the "traditional" visitation schedule usually
includes every other weekend, one evening in the "off week,"
alternating holidays and blocks of time throughout the year for
vacation. The "traditional" visitation schedule is becoming
quite rare in favor of schedules that allow for maximum contact
with the non-custodial parent. The attorneys at our firm have drafted
many unique visitation agreements, for example:
- Brief but daily parenting time for the non-custodial parent
of a very young child.
- Alternating 7-day blocks of parenting time for each parent.
- Six-month at a time "shared custody" arrangements.
- One weekend per month plus the entire summer for the parent
who lives in another state.