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Court orders on child visitation: Know what to expect

If you're going through a divorce and have a child with the other person, you know that questions regarding child custody will come to light at some point. While not always the case, both parents typically have a strong interest in remaining a big part of their child's life.

With a parenting agreement in place, there's not much gray area in regards to custody and visitation. Instead, all of this is laid out in a clear and concise manner.

However, there are times when parents are unable to agree on visitation and other custody-related issues. In this case, it's up to the court to make a final decision as to what happens next.

Here's what you need to know: The court will take many factors into consideration, with an eye toward what's in the best interest of the child. In most cases, this means allowing both parents to be a big part of the child's life.

With a child visitation order in place, both parents should have a clear idea of what they are and are not allowed to do. It's not always easy, but it's important to stick with the schedule, as to avoid complications.

If for any reason you need to change your child visitation schedule, don't hesitate to discuss this with the other parent. As long as you are on the same page, you can request approval from the court and move forward from there.

When you understand your legal rights and how to follow your child visitation court order, you shouldn't face any issues.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Visitation, Child Custody and Unmarried Fathers," accessed Dec. 28, 2017

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