There are several different types of visitations agreements. You may be wondering what kind of agreement would work best for your situation. There are some common types of agreements you should know about as you consider which one will work best for you. Knowing about the different types will help you make a good decision as to what is best for your child. Here is some information to give you a starting point so you can develop an agreement that fits your needs. Common custody agreements include:
- Holidays. It is important to create an agreement or schedule that has specific plans for holidays and special events. Many customs or visit agreements include a holiday schedule that is used in place of the regular customs cycle. There are many ways in which holidays can be split such as sharing holidays all together (if this is acceptable between parents), alternating holidays between parents (Thanksgiving with one parent, Christmas with the other and vice versa) and splitting each holiday equally so the child spends time during each holiday with both parents.
- Repeating Cycle. Having a repeating cycle is a consistent and stable way to set up an agreement. This custodial agreement is a repeating cycle where both parents share custody of the child. This type of agreement depends on how customs has been divided between parents. If one parent was granted sole custody, visitation with the non-custodial parent could happen every weekend, every other weekend or a few selected days during the week or month. If joint custody has been granted, visitation may be split into alternating days or weeks and possibly a 50/50 agreement such as 5-2-2-5 or 4-3-3-4 could be used.
- School Breaks and Vacations. Another common arrangement for customs involves making separate schedules for vacations during the school year and summer breaks. It may be easier for a child to live with one parent during the school year and then spend more time with the other parent during school breaks and on vacations. This agreement may include time for both parents to each take the child on a vacation during the year.
Look at your situation objectively. Create a visit agreement that best fits your needs. You can make your situation work using an agreement on which both parents agree and that is most beneficial for your child. Having an effective arrangement for visitation will make life easier and more enjoyable.