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How to handle visitation rights in Missouri

During the process of a divorce, if there are children involved it will need to be determined how to handle visitation rights between the custodial and non-custodial parent. Ideally, both parents can work together to come up with an amicable plan - something that is both mutually agreed upon and fair to both sides.

However, we all know that life has a tendency to throw unforeseen curveballs at us every now and then, and it may not necessarily be easy to develop a visitation schedule that offers the least inconvenience for both sides. It is important to try to be as flexible as possible.

This could also benefit you down the line. The ability to work around your ex-spouse's issues might mean that later down the road if your situation changes they will be more inclined to work with you to keep things copasetic. The courts very much prefer when couples are able to work together, but they also are aware that it isn't always possible; sometimes divorcing couples just cannot get on the same page.

When the courts need to step in during this phase of child custody, it is not uncommon for them to issue what is called a "fixed" visitation. The courts will set specific times, often during the week or on weekends, that must be followed every week, unless an emergency or change of situation requires an adjustment. This is often beneficial to the children, who are already trying to cope and adjust to the changes in their life. With a regular schedule or routine, children are more comfortable knowing when they will get to see their other parent. Ideally, you want to work with your ex-spouse to do whatever is best for your children.

Source: findlaw.com, "Parental Visitation Rights FAQ," Accessed Feb. 27, 2017

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