Visitation rights are awarded to the non-custodial parent after divorce. The primary custody of the child in most cases is with the mother and the father receives visitation rights. The court would be the deciding factor, in regard to what would be most suitable for the child.
In some cases long term visitation rights would be granted and even short term in some cases.
With the help of child visitation rights, parents can work on a plan and a visitation schedule which is suitable for both parents. While making the plan the best interest of the child would have to be kept in mind.
In some cases where the parents are unable to figure out a proper plan, a third party gets involved and makes a plan which is unbiased and suitable for both the parents.
The non Ėcustodial parent usually visits the child during weekends and holidays. With the help of visitation rights both the parents are given an opportunity to develop a healthy relationship with their child.
Make a fixed visitation schedule: The visitation schedule when established by the court comes along with reasonable visitation orders. To make most of the visitation you must co-operate and talk to your wife on regular basis. With a fixed visitation schedule, a visitation schedule is established by the court which would mention the time, the days and the places where the non-custodial parent can visit the child. When there is a fixed schedule for visitation both the parents would work around the schedule and also respect each other. A child is known to be much more emotionally stable with a fixed visitation schedule. When there is a fixed visitation schedule established, the child would know how much time he/she would spend with the non-custodial parent. With visitation one can work towards forming a bond with the child which is strong and healthy.
Keep the best interest of the child in mind: Throughout the procedure or while make the visitation schedule you must be aware what your child prefers and what he/she is most comfortable and at ease with. You must not force any rule on your child, as this would lead to emotional instability. The focus should always be on the interest of your child.
Be a good parent: Work towards subordinating your needs for your child. Feel what your child would feel in a particular situation and act to that feeling.
Stop being negative: Donít bring in negative feelings and emotions. Donít damage or spoil the image of your ex-wife in front of your children. Refrain from altering your childís perception about his/her mother. Making most of the visitation schedule would depend on how you respect your ex-wife without bad mouthing her under any circumstance.
To make most of visitation you must be aware and educate yourself about the legal rules and regulations. With the right advice and help from professionals you can reduce the emotional stress and strain on your child and yourself.