Carlsbad, CA Attorneys Seek Equitable Child Visitation Arrangements
Parenting plans that work for your family
The parenting plan is the schedule you and the other parent follow to give each of you substantial quality time with your children. During your divorce or child custody hearing, the judge issues an order establishing the details of your arrangement. You have the option of presenting a negotiated settlement to the court or letting the judge decide if you are not able to reach an agreement with the other parent. The term “visitation” is becoming a disfavored concept in California family law. Visitation is now often referred to as “custodial time” or the parenting plan.
Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law was established in 1993 with the exclusive focus of resolving family law issues. Our lawyers' 40 years of combined experience, coupled with attorney Alan Silverman's 15 years of psychology experience, give you the support you need to make essential child custody and child visitation decisions.
What the court considers
Gender is not a factor in the court's child custody and visitation decisions. The principal focus of the court is what is in the children's best interests. The mother's and the father's rights are also considered. Each family is as different as the parenting plans that fit their individual needs. However, California guidelines establish standards upon which the court makes its decisions.
Your visitation plan should address these primary matters:
- Pick-up and drop-off times, and waiting period
- Weekend and weekday schedules during the school year
- Summer, winter and spring school breaks
- Federal and religious holidays
- Holidays important to each parent, such as birthdays, Mother's Day or Father's Day
- Special events, opportunities and travel
- Cancelations and delays
- Accommodating each other's schedules
- Nontraditional schedules, such as nightshifts, rotating schedules or frequent travel
- Special needs of the children
Mediation and collaborative methods of developing a parenting plan
Our lawyers both possess 20 years of experience in child visitation matters and in mediation and collaborative techniques for resolving disputes. Because of our extensive litigation background, we anticipate how the court will likely rule in your case, and this insight influences our negotiation strategies. Except in certain circumstances, we encourage the parties to agree on a child visitation schedule, rather than allowing the court to order an arrangement. This gives you the opportunity to make your own decisions based on what is best for you, your children and the other parent. Once parents agree to a schedule, they should honor it, and refrain from any behavior that might discourage their children from participating in visitation, since the court could view this as parental alienation.
Grandparents' visitation rights
California statutes specify situations in which the court is authorized to grant grandparents visitation. The main consideration is whether there is an existing relationship between the grandchildren and their grandparents that is in the children's best interests to preserve. In granting visitation, the court seeks to balance the grandparents' rights with the parents' roles as decision makers.
Learn more from our North County lawyers about establishing child visitation
To learn more about child custody and visitation matters, call Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law at 760.512.3251 or 415.906.4142 or contact us online to schedule your free initial phone consultation.
From our law office in Carlsbad, we serve clients in Oceanside, La Jolla, Vista, Encinitas, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe and throughout the San Diego area.