What is Reasonable Visitation?
In most cases, visitation arrangements should be both liberal and generous. Establishing "reasonable" visitation is the job of the parents. It is almost impossible to have prior knowledge concerning the times and terms that will work best for both parents and child. Therefore, it is essential that both parents cooperate and remain flexible.
In some situations, one parent may use visitation as a tool to spite the other parent. Even the most minute detail, such as transportation, can be utilized as a manipulative weapon. Quite often, the burden of any assault in the end falls upon the child. One can imagine how this must make a child feel.
If the judge believes genuine cooperation exists between the two parents, a detailed visitation schedule may not be formally drafted. However, it is in everyone's best interests to prepare as detailed a schedule as possible, because it is impossible to predict what complications the future may bring.
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