Visitation rights for non-custodial parents may be complicated if a judge orders a ‘reasonable visitation’ schedule in a Texaschild custody case. This generally means that the court requires the parents to work out a schedule that is in the child’s best interests, is fair to both parents, and allows the non-custodial parent adequate time with the children.
Unfortunately, this term can be confusing because it is so broad. Reasonable visitation can be interpreted in very different ways by each of the parents involved in the case, which could lead to a dispute regarding how the visitation schedule should be formatted. In such cases, a Richardson child custody lawyer can help exercise visitation rights of non-custodial parents struggling to work with the other parent to create a fair schedule.
When “Reasonable Visitation” Might Be Reasonable
Creating reasonable visitation may be easiest if the parents are on amicable terms and are both willing to cooperate. Parents may consider each other’s work schedule and obligations, the child’s school schedule, and, more generally, the best interests of the child when creating a fair schedule.
Parents who cannot get along or are not willing to work together may not be good candidates to arrive at a reasonable and fair schedule on their own. If this is the case and parents do not believe they can arrive at a fair agreement, they may ask the court to help establish a set schedule. Courts will consider the child’s best interests when making this or other Texas child custody decisions.
A Richardson Child Custody Lawyer Can Help
It’s important for parents to seek the legal help they need when formulating a parenting plan or working towards other Texas child custody issues. A Richardson child custody lawyer with Warren & Migliaccio can help create a parenting agreement and visitation schedule that represents the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent.