When a couple with children split up, deciding how to share time with the kids and effectively co-parent can be one of the most taxing parts of the process. While many couples may be able to easily agree to a shared custody and visitation schedule, other parents may need the assistance and guidance of a legal professional to ensure that their parenting rights are protected. In those situations, Jeffers Law Office is an ideal choice for helping parents come to a favorable resolution that works for both parties and protects the children.
Whenever one parent has primary physical custody, the other parent may be said to have “visitation” with their child. Establishing a shared parenting schedule is critically important for both the parents and children, as ongoing disputes between the parents can lead to stress and anxiety for the children. The important thing to remember is that regardless of whether or not parents live together, they each still have responsibility to care for their children.
A child visitation schedule can help both parents draw boundaries and know exactly what their obligations and rights are at any given time.
As a general matter, parents should be able to see their children at reasonable times under reasonable conditions, with adequate notice first. While reasonableness may be subject to interpretation, there are times when it simply may not be reasonable for a parent to have visitation. This could include times when a parent is intoxicated, or if the child is already at a planned activity or event. If parents live in different parts of the country, or even on opposite sides of Kansas, parenting time will have to be scheduled to accommodate the distance. This often means that the parent without primary physical custody will have visitation on school holidays and in the summer so as not to disrupt the child’s school schedule.
In other situations, visitation may be limited or supervised to protect the children. This is often the case when a parent has a history of violence or substance abuse.
Ultimately, for children to grow up in a stable, emotionally healthy environment, they need love, support, understanding and guidance from both parents. In families where the parents are no longer together, this may require additional effort on the part of the parents to come to an amicable agreement on visitation and a parenting schedule. If you need assistance with a parenting schedule in Overland Park or the surrounding areas, contact Mark Jeffers today. Our law firm offers free initial consultations and personalized service to help you achieve your visitation and parenting schedule goals.