Straight talk with David Badanes, Esq, an experienced divorce and family law attorney, about child visitation rules.
What to know about visitation rules?
If you have children, you may be wondering how you can visit your children or what I like to called “parenting time” or what some people called access time with your children.
What’s important to know about parenting time is that it has to be very specific of what your times would be with your children. If it’s not specific, then it’s left out to your spouse or court to determine exactly what it means.
A good example would be, you cannot just say I am going to see my child on a weekend, you should say something more like I’ll have my child on Friday evening at 5 o’clock and return the child on Sundays at 7 o’clock. Of course the exact times and the exact dates may change depending on your situation, but the important thing to know is that it has to be very specific.
Also, you have to take care of all the holidays that are important to you, whether it is Christmas or Hanukah or whatever other religious holidays you may enjoy and celebrate with your child. You have to go through the calendar and make sure that all the holidays are taken care of and all the school holidays are taken care of so that you get to see your child when you want to see your child.
Also, you should make sure you have some of the vacation time in that agreement so that you know that you have vacation time with your child.
So visitation again means parenting time with your child and should be very specific when you get to see your child or your children so that you can make sure that your rights will be protected.