As a divorce and child custody attorney in Dallas, Texas, I often get asked about the best visitation schedule for children. It’s important to remember that the schedule that works best will depend on the specific situation of the child and their parents.
There are several factors to consider when determining the best visitation schedule, such as the distance between the parents, their work schedules, the child’s extracurricular activities, and the child’s ability to keep up with their school work while transitioning between homes.
Some common schedules that people try to fit their situation into include a 2-2-3 schedule where the child is with one parent for two days, the other parent for two days, and then back to the first parent’s house for three days before rotating the following week. There is also a one week on, one week off schedule and the standard visitation under the Texas Family Code, which includes the first, third, and fifth weekends of the month, rotating holidays, rotating spring breaks, and 30-42 days in the summer.
If the parents are unable to come to an agreement on a visitation schedule, the judge will ultimately decide what is in the best interest of the child. Each parent will have the opportunity to present evidence to the judge supporting their preferred schedule.
It’s important to remember that the ultimate goal is to find a schedule that works best for the child and allows for a strong relationship with both parents. If you have any questions about creating a visitation schedule or any other divorce or child custody issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at the Black Law Firm for a free consultation.