VISITATION AGREEMENTS

Visitation Agreements

LEGAL ASSISTANCE WITH VISITATION AGREEMENTS IN WHITE PLAINS, NY

Establishing how much time each parent will spend with their children after a divorce is one of the most important decisions divorcing spouses have to make.

If the parents cannot reach an agreement, the court makes the decision. Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. believes that parents know their children, relationships and schedules better than anyone else. We guide our clients through the negotiation process to help them develop visitation agreements that best fit their family’s situation.

WHEN DO WE NEED A VISITATION AGREEMENT?

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Agreements about child visitation (also known as parenting time or parental access) should be reduced to writing as soon as either parent decides to leave the home and before parents who have agreed to live separately and apart actually separate. Even in uncontested and no-fault cases, the divorce process takes time, so you should develop a temporary visitation agreement to reduce uncertainty and conflict during the divorce.
WHAT SHOULD A VISITATION AGREEMENT INCLUDE?

Your parental access agreement should include a schedule of when each parent spends parenting time with the children, along with any other provisions important to you. Some of the issues you may want to address in your agreement include:
  • Holidays
  • Summer break
  • Weekends
  • Midweek visits
  • Geographical restrictions
  • Restrictions on who can be present during visits
  • Right of consultation on medical and childcare needs
You can include anything in your agreement that you and the other parent find mutually acceptable and that doesn’t violate New York law. The court must conclude that the agreement is in the best interest of the child before the court makes it part of your final order.
CAN WE USE MEDIATION TO HELP US REACH AN AGREEMENT?
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If you and your spouse cannot settle on the terms of a visitation agreement, you have three options: litigate your case before a judge (or referee), enter into mediation or engage in the collaborative process.

The mediation and collaborative processes are designed to resolve conflicts in a confidential manner. A trained, neutral mediator or collaborative practitioner can help you develop a parenting plan tailored to your family’s situation. The benefits of mediation or collaboration include:

• Mediation or collaboration helps you learn how to better communicate with the other parent about issues concerning your child.
• Mediation or collaboration helps you see your situation in new ways so you can resolve your conflicts.
• Mediation or collaboration gives you a chance to discuss all of the issues affecting your child, not just the legal issues.

If you reach an agreement through mediation, or a collaborative process, the court reviews the terms and, if it finds them acceptable, makes it part of your final order. Lauren B. Abramson has many years of experience and special training in mediation and collaborative law.

CONTACT OUR WHITE PLAINS, NY LAWYER FOR HELP WITH A VISITATION AGREEMENT
Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. provides guidance to divorcing parents in and around Westchester County. Our office is across from Saxon Woods Park, between the Hutchinson River Parkway and the New England Thruway. We’re open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we offer weekend and evening meetings by appointment. Call us today at 914-908-5877 or contact us online.
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