• Getting More Child Visitation Time in California

Getting More Child Visitation Time in California

Would you like more child visitation time in California? Contact A People’s Choice to find out how you might be able to change your child custody and visitation order. Read on to learn more about getting more child visitation time in California and how A People’s Choice can help you.

Key Points To Getting More Child Visitation Time

There are several different ways of getting more child visitation time in your divorce or paternity case. In order to get more visitation time with a child, a parent must be able to show that they are already fully utilizing their current visitation schedule. If a parent is not taking advantage of an existing schedule, it is highly unlikely that the court will grant that parent more visitation time. Some key points and considerations to getting more child visitation time are covered below.

Discuss Visitation Modification With Other Parent

Most parents develop a co-parenting plan regarding child custody and visitation. A co-parenting plan is a contract that outlines how parents will raise their child after separation or divorce. The co-parenting plan is developed with the best interest of the child in mind. It details how much time a child will spend with each parent and what is expected from each parent in caring for the child.

If your co-parenting plan limits the time you share with your children, you may want to discuss modifying child custody and visitation with the other parent. For example, if you now have more time to spend with your children due to a change in work hours, first discuss getting more child visitation time with the other parent and the children before seeking legal intervention.  Upon agreement, an updated parenting plan can be filed with the court.

Show Up to Scheduled Visitations

If the court has ordered child custody and visitation, and you would like to get more child visitation time in California, make sure you show up to scheduled visitations on time. If you ask for a custody change, the court will do what is in the best interest of the child. If you are late in picking your child up for scheduled visitations or dropping them off, this may hurt your request to get more visitation time with your child.

Maintain Safety

When requesting to change your child custody and visitation order, the court will consider the health, safety, welfare and the benefit of frequent and continuing contact with both parents. It is essential to keep a safe environment for your children. Make sure your home and the places you take your child are safe and age appropriate.

If there is a history of domestic violence or child abuse, the judge will not likely change the custody and visitation order. The moving party (parent seeking more child visitation time in California) will have to prove to the court that he/she does not pose a risk to the child and explain in detail the reasons why the court should order more visitation.

Child’s Preference for More Visitation Time in California

A mature child can provide his/her wishes to the court about the custody and visitation arrangement with their parents. The court will consider the child’s opinion about which parent he/she would like to live with. The court will also ask the child if he/she would like to spend more time with his/her parents and why. Discuss with your child whether he/she would like to visit with you more often. The child’s preference on visitation may help you get more child visitation time.

Contact A People’s Choice for more information about getting more child visitation time in California. We can help you draft documents to file for custody modification.

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By |2018-01-18T15:47:00+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Family Law|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of A People’s Choice Inc., has worked exclusively in the legal field since 1976. She served as the 2004-2005 President of CALDA (California Association of Legal Document Assistants). She obtained a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her career in the legal field, she has worked as a freelance paralegal, law office manager and paralegal studies teacher, and has co-authored numerous legal publications and written hundreds of self-help legal articles. As a registered Legal Document Assistant, Sandy is dedicated to providing affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation services for California consumers in all 58 counties.

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