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Setting up a visitation schedule that works for everyone

Divorce often presents new challenges for parents in Minnesota. One of those obstacles involves the visitation schedule. Many people contact Janet L. Goehle, Attorney at Law, unaware of the fact that they do have the option of working with the other parent to establish a visitation schedule that works in the best interests of everyone. When you are making this schedule, it is important that you and your ex-spouse consider each other’s needs and those of your children. Regardless of who receives legal or physical custody of the kids, the visitation rights of the noncustodial parent must be honored, unless the courts rule otherwise.

While you are negotiating with your former spouse, keep in mind that maintaining a visitation schedule is an adjustment for everyone. When you and the other parent are creating the schedule, try to be as detailed as possible to prevent potential difficulties and conflicts. There is no “one-size fits all” solution, states The Huffington Post.

It is a good idea for you to use a calendar. This gives you and your ex-spouse a realistic picture of what is going on so that you can avoid common scheduling issues like vacations, school closings and holidays. You and the other parent should also try to remain as practical as possible. Along with taking your children’s needs and best interests into consideration, you should also keep sight of any transportation and household issues that may arise along the way.

If your divorce situation is full of tension and arguments, and you and the other parent cannot come to an amicable agreement over visiting schedules, you may need to ask the courts to intervene. To learn more about this subject, please visit our web page.

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