When it comes to parenting, it’s the quality of the parent-child relationship that matters most – not the quantity of the time together. That’s the main takeaway from a noted child psychology professor.
While there’s no getting around the fact that time with your child will most likely change when your divorce is finalized, the good news is that your scheduled time together can be changed.
In this issue, we’ll tell you how it affects divorce in California.
What could lead to my child visitation schedule being changed?
While child visitation schedules are usually included in the final divorce court orders and should be looked upon as legally binding, some of the more commonly reported reasons for seeking to have the schedule changed include:
- A change in your or your ex’s work scheduled;
- The non-custodial parent moving closer to the custodial parent;
- The child expressing a preference in either living with or spending more time with the non-custodial parent; and
- Accommodation of the child’s evolving lifestyle (playing in ballgames, performing in plays, etc.).
In fact, you can be assured that your child visitation schedule eventually will need to be adjusted – especially as the child grows older and interests, needs and activities change.
How can I change or modify my child visitation schedule in California?
If you and your ex can come to an agreement yourselves, you’ll have much more input into how the schedule shakes out.
If you can’t come to an agreement, however, one of you will need to file papers with the court asking for a modification in the schedule.
Before doing this, however, it’s definitely in your best interest to talk with a California men’s divorce attorney.
For help with your child custody and visitation questions in California, call the Men’s Legal Center.
The top two factors that will give your child the best likelihood for a happy and healthy life are mom and dad.
Here at the Men’s Legal Center, we’re big fans of dads, and strongly believe that the relationship and bond between a son or daughter and their dad is a vitally important one.
For help on adjusting your visitation orders, call us at 619-234-3838 or get in touch with us via email.