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Topics to Address When You Consider

Child Custody and Visitation Schedules

 

Legal custody (decision-making custody) and physical custody (where child is).

Detailed visitation schedule or leaving it open “as agreed.”

Summer visitation time with each parent.

Regular visits during the school year.

Holidays, birthdays, vacations, reunions and extended family events.

Overnight guests of the opposite sex when children are with that parent.

Transportation between homes of parents, or where to exchange your child.

Travel arrangements and cost when a parent relocates or lives far from the other.

Summer visitation and special activities such as summer camp?

Should there be any restrictions on travel outside of the state or the US?

Who holds (or obtains) passports?

Communication between parents (by text, e-mail, phone, etc.).

Rules about commentary by parents about the other parent (or their family).

Telephone communication with each parent/whether a child may have a personal phone.

Virtual visitation (contact by e-mail, egg cam or skype).

Substance abuse and other parenting challenges

Therapy or counseling for a child and/or among family members.

Daycare facility, grandparents or other childcare arrangements.

Private school or public school?

Responsibilities of parents who serve in the military?

See Children’s Bill of Rights, provided by the AAML American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

See Child Custody

 

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