Louisville Child Visitation
After you agree, or a Court rules, on the issue of Child Custody in your Louisville Divorce or Child Custody Case, what comes next? Custody answers the question about how you make decisions for your child or children. Parenting Schedule or Visitation answers the question of how kids spend time between two (2) households.
The general rules are that a parenting schedule is set 1) consistent with the best interest of the children and 2) with the goal of maximizing each parent’s available parenting time.
When someone comes in to my office with a parenting schedule (or visitation) issue, I want to know 1) the work schedule for each parent, 2) the school schedule for each child, 3) the extracurriculars for each child, 3) what is the Child Custody arrangement between the parents, and 4) whether there is a history of domestic violence or criminal convictions. Also, I want to know who lives in each parent’s current household.
When the parents live near one another and can cooperate, a parenting schedule is, usually, easier to create. When parents live apart from one another or cannot cooperate or communicate, then a schedule is harder to devise.
The Court will also create a holiday and vacation schedule. The Court is likely to either rotate or split the holidays. The Court will take into account family traditions and other fact peculiar to your family.
When it comes down to it, your availability for the children (i.e. what is your work schedule and the children’s schedules) and your ability to make transitions as seemless as possible are the two critical factors in coming up with a visitation or parenting schedule that works for you and your children.
The statute in question is KRS 403.320. The Kentucky Rules of Family Court Practice and Procedure also have a proposed Timesharing/Visitation Guideline. Louisville Family Court rarely defers to the Visitation Schedule set out in the Rules.
If your family is going through a change, please feel free to give me a call. Also, please feel free to learn more at my website or at The Louisville Divorce Attorney or The Louisville Divorce Lawyer if you are not ready to talk. Thanks for reading.