Child Visitation Under California Law
A parent’s right to visitation with their child is very important. Amount of time with the children often affects the amount of child support that is set. Consequently, visitation is among the most contentious issues in a divorce action that involves child custody. California has a mandatory mediation process when there are disputed child visitation matters. This mediation must be completed before the parties can proceed to court and the court relies heavily on the mediator’s recommendations.
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When Courts Get Involved …
When a court determines the visitation rights of a non-custodial parent, the court may also order that the parents work out a precise schedule with the details of how this arrangement will actually work. More frequently, courts will set up a detailed parenting schedule, called a fixed visitation schedule. This includes the times and places the non-custodial parent may spend time with the children as well as some specific restrictions.
In situations where there is ongoing hostility between the parents, the judge may order a fixed visitation schedule in order to do what’s best for the child. A fixed visitation schedule can still be generous, but it eliminates opportunities for one party to control the other party’s time. Actually, children often benefit from the predictability that fixed schedules provide during a period of time that would otherwise be even more unsettling for them.
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