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Addressing Child Custody and Visitation Issues During the Holidays

Posted on in Child Custody & Visitation

California divorce lawyerWith Thanksgiving recently passing and the December holidays just around the corner, child custody and visitation issues may arise, especially if you, your ex-spouse or partner, and children will be celebrating separately for the first time. When these issues surface, it is imperative to clearly establish parenting time (sometimes termed “visitation”) through a formal plan.

When parents and children understand and can anticipate how and when parenting time is to occur, the stress and conflict associated with change and new arrangements will diminish rather than escalate. In meeting your child custody and parenting time needs, work together with an experienced Cupertino family law attorney.

A Parenting Plan Is a Custody and Visitation Agreement Between Parents

Not every divorce or separation is rife with conflict. Divorce and separation are common, with rates in the U.S. between 40 – 60 percent, at roughly 50 percent in the Bay Area, and 60 percent southern California’s Orange County.

When parting is mutual, parents can work together to devise a parenting plan that serves the best interests of the child and accounts for the day-to-day realities of each parent. Even if a divorce or separation is marked by some degree of animosity or conflict, parents do not have to head straight to the courtroom. Rather, it is possible to work with family law attorney experienced and certified in mediation to craft a workable agreement. And an agreement – between parents and with regard to visitation – is precisely what a parenting plan is.

In this agreement, formalized in writing, parents address “timeshare,” which is a schedule for when the children will be with each parent, and “decisionmaking,” which is how the parents will make decisions concerning the health, education, and welfare of the children. In each of these areas, so critical for the best interests of the children, the state of California holds that it is appropriate to consider:

  • Love, protection, and guidance;
  • The health of the children;
  • Good medical care; and
  • Enough rest.

The law provides for the best interest of the children. Sound timesharing and decision making will ensure that these basic needs are met.

Planning for Holiday Parenting Time

The holidays don’t have to be filled with stress and disharmony for recently divorced parents and their children. Agreements can be reached through cooperation and, when necessary, mediation. In arriving at a formal parenting plan in California, please contact a skilled Los Gatos family law attorney from Ventresca Law Firm at 408-395-8822. We service clients in the Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Cupertino, and San Jose areas.

 

Sources:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/15872.htm

http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-custody.htm

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