Child Visitation FAQ

What is a fixed visitation schedule?

Sometimes courts will set up a detailed visitation schedule, including the times and places for visitation with the noncustodial parent -- for example, every other weekend or every Tuesday and Thursday evening. A court will be inclined to order a fixed schedule if the hostility between the parents is so severe that the need for regular contact between them may be detrimental to the child. A fixed visitation schedule can still be generous, but it removes opportunities for one party to control the other's time and allows the children to experience predictability in an often unsettling period.

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