Category: Visitation
Questions/Answers
What is the difference between visitation and parenting time?
There is no difference. Arizona law does not refer to “visitation” any longer. The time that each parent spends with the child is always called “parenting time”.
Helpful Tips and Facts
Having a Clear Visitation Schedule
A good parenting agreement not only spells out the terms and conditions of custody and child support, but also schedules visitation times and protocols, including holidays, birthdays and vacations as well as any special days.
Focusing on the Child During Visitation
When visiting a child, the noncustodial parent should keep the conversation focused on his or her activities. A noncustodial parent can torpedo the visit by using the time to complain about the former spouse or as a debriefing session for information about the former partner.
Standard Time Sharing/Visitation Schedules
Some jurisdictions have developed standard time-sharing plans used by the courts as default models for visitation. The default models can be the starting point for discussions with a spouse.
Long Distance Visitation
Children should not spend long periods of time without seeing the noncustodial parent. Great physical distance between the homes of the custodial and noncustodial parent should, therefore, be avoided, if possible.
Visitation Time - A Positive for Both Parents
When a woman is a primary caretaker, a former spouse’s visitation becomes important to her for another reason: she may look forward to his time with the children as a much needed break for herself. Unfortunately, sometimes this can become a tool in the hands of a noncustodial parent. The failure to exercise visitation can be a major source of friction between formerly married parents. Very often a custodial parent (usually the mother) finds herself overwhelmed by the difficulties of solo parenting, and she longs for a break in the routine that noncustodial visitation provides.
Change in Visitation (Parenting Time)
When two parents get a divorce, a visitation (parenting time) schedule is put in place. In many states the amount of visitation (overnights) will be considered in determining the amount of monthly child support. The thought being that the non-custodial parent should not be paying the other parent to support the child while he or she is with them. As time passes after the divorce, the visitation schedule naturally changes, so it is important to reevaluate the number of actual overnights. This could have a significant effect on the amount of support that should be paid.