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Things to include in a visitation agreement

If you are going through a divorce and have at least one child with the other person, you'll need to create a visitation schedule. With this in place, all parties will have a clear idea of how visitation will work, thus reducing the chance of something going wrong.

While no two situations are the same, there are many things you should consider including in a visitation agreement:

  • Weekends
  • Holiday weekends
  • Even-numbered years
  • Odd-numbered years
  • Holidays
  • School vacations
  • Summer vacations
  • Pick-up of the child
  • Illness of the child
  • Day-to-day communication

You'll have to settle on the finer details of each section. For example, it's one thing to say that your child will spend holiday weekends with you, but the other parent may not agree to this every year. That's where even-numbered and odd-numbered years come into play.

Compromise is the key to success

It doesn't matter if you're the custodial or noncustodial parent, compromise during your divorce will go a long way in helping you reach success.

For example, you can use mediation to work through all your family-law related issues. If both individuals are willing to compromise, you'll eventually settle on the right agreement.

There are many things you can include in a visitation agreement, so think long and hard about what makes the most sense.

If, for any reason, your ex-spouse violates the visitation agreement, learn more about why this happened and your legal rights moving forward. People make innocent mistakes, but it's up to you to make sure this doesn't happen too often.

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