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How visitation schedules work in a divorce

When Georgia parents of young children get a divorce, they may need some sort of schedule for custody and visitation. This is necessary when one parent has primary custody and the other has visitation rights. If both parents share custody, they need a custody schedule.

A visitation schedule may be decided upon by parents or by a court. It may be difficult for parents to reach an agreement during the emotional upheaval of a divorce. Parents may also struggle to put together a visitation schedule if there is a complication such as one living some distance from the other. In these circumstances, the court will create one. This may be done while the divorce is in progress as parents are negotiating over longer-term child custody arrangements.

Both visitation and custody schedules may also include arrangements for holidays and vacations since these are often points of contention. The position of the courts is generally that children do best if they are able to spend time with both parents as long as there are not issues such as neglect or abuse. In some cases, a parent might get supervised visitation only. Custody and visitation schedules might also be adapted over time. For example, an older child might express a preference about the schedule although courts will try to ensure that a child is not placed in the position of choosing between parents.

Parents can also work together and with their respective attorneys to create a parenting plan that addresses expectations and concerns for their co-parenting relationship. For example, parents may want to try to keep conditions fairly consistent between households, so they might make agreements about when children go to bed and similar issues.

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