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Carlsbad CA Attorneys Seek Equitable Visitation Arrangements Between Parent and Child(ren)

Parenting plans that work for your family

The parenting plan is the schedule you and the other parent follow and that gives each of you substantial quality time with your children. During your dissolution 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 cannot reach an agreement with the other parent. “Visitation” is becoming a disfavored concept in California family law and is, now, often referred to as “custodial time” or the parenting plan.

Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law, was established in 1993 and focuses on resolving family-law issues. Our lawyers’ 40+ years of combined experience, coupled with attorney Alan R. 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, including considering each parent’s (regardless of gender) rights. Each family is as different so parenting plans differ to fit each family’s needs.  California guidelines establish standards upon which the court makes its decisions.

Visitation considerations

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
  • Children’s academic ad special-interest schedules

Mediation and collaborative methods of developing a parenting plan

Our lawyers each have nearly 25 years of experience in child-visitation matters and in mediation and collaborative techniques for resolving disputes. Due to our extensive litigation background, we anticipate how the court will likely rule in your case; 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. Such a negotiated agreement 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 such contrary behavior as parental estrangement or alienation.

Grandparent(s’) visitation rights

California statutes specify situations whereby the court is authorized to grant grandparent(s) visitation. The main consideration is whether the existing relationship between the grandchildren and their grandparents that is in the children’s best interests should be preserved. In granting visitation, the court seeks to balance the grandparent(s’) 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 online to schedule your free initial phone consultation.

Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law, located in Carlsbad, California, serves clients in and around Carlsbad, San Diego, Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, La Jolla, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, San Marcos and all North County San Diego.