8 Things to Consider When Using the Collaborative Law Approach to Develop a Visitation Schedule, Part II

In our last blog, we explained four important considerations that parents who are divorcing through the collaborative law approach should take when developing a visitation schedule.

These considerations included the type of custody you agreed upon, the needs of your children, the needs of your ex, and the type of practical, repeating schedule you will utilize.

Click here to read Part I of this blog and learn more about these four considerations.

Today, we will outline four more important things each parent needs to think about when taking the collaborative approach to creating a visitation schedule. Please keep in mind, this blog is not intended as legal advice for your specific situation, and the inclusions and considerations made in your visitation schedule may vary depending on your circumstances.

5) Holidays

Whether with the collaborative approach or other means, every visitation schedule will need to account for holidays. How will you and your ex split Christmas, birthdays, etc.? Once again, keep the best interests of your kids at the forefront of discussions.

6) Vacations

Will each parent have a set window in which they can take the kids on vacations, or will you establish a certain number of days in a year a parent can take and require each parent to give the other sufficient notice before taking the kids on vacation? Collaborative law allows for creative vacation considerations that will work for everybody.

7) Special events

There are always going to special events in your kids’ lives that you cannot explicitly plan for. They could have a school or athletic event that may require deviation from the normal visitation schedule. You should try to plan for the ones you know will occur in a given year, and address how each parent will approach unexpected special events. Since collaborative divorce eliminates nasty court battles, it is highly possible that both parents will get along well enough to be able to attend special events together.

8) Other specific stipulations

Are there any special considerations you need to make that fall outside the normal pattern or routine of visitation? As we just mentioned, there could be unexpected special events and you should certainly make stipulations for what procedures each parent must follow if they wish to deviate from the visitation schedule, but you should also consider things like transportation to visitation and what you will do if you ever disagree with certain visitation-related actions that were taken by the other parent. If there is anything specific that you want to define in your visitation agreement, you can collaborate with your ex on the best way to achieve that in a manner that both of you can agree upon, rather than have it dictated by a judge.

If you are interested in learning more about how collaborative practice can help you and your family achieve your needs and goals in a divorce and in creating a visitation agreement without having to battle it out in court, please contact Collaborative Divorce by Landerholm Law today. And don’t forget to check out Part 1 of this blog as well.

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