Visitation Schedules for Newborns
You can create your own custody and visitation schedule (on your own or with the other parent) or you can work with an attorney or legal professional and have them create it. If you don't want to pay the high cost of an attorney, and want to easily make your own schedule, you can use the Custody X Change software.
Custody X Change is software that creates custody schedules and parenting plans. You make each part of your schedule, and then you can print your calendar and plan.
The best visitation schedule for a newborn is one that the parents are both able to agree on.
In a perfect world, parents should be able to sit down and rationally design a parenting time schedule together. In reality, this is not always the case. After all, there is a reason you are no longer together.
Whether or not you are able to set your differences aside and work something out with your ex will have a profound effect on your custody schedule.
If you are able agree on a visitation schedule with your ex, the court will generally approve your schedule as long as it is focused on the best interest of the child.
If you are unable to reach an agreement with your ex, the court or an officer of the court will make a schedule for you. What the court decides will be out of your control and may not be convenient for you.
Custody X Change is a great tool that can help you create your child visitation schedule and negotiate an agreement. You can use the software to create a proposed schedule to present to the other parent for review, edit the schedule as you see fit, and exchange the document in this manner until an agreement is reached.
Even if your attempts at reaching an agreement fail, you will have an organized and professional looking proposed parenting plan to submit to the judge. It will provide the judge with an option to consider.
It is important for a child to have the opportunity to bond with both parents.
The typical scenario with newborn custody arrangements is that one parent has the baby the majority of the time while the other parent has visitation.
Newborn visitation schedules often allow the non-custodial parent to have several shorter visits with the baby in a week. The frequency of the visits is commonly viewed as more significant that the length of the visits.
A non-custodial parent should at least be able to see the baby a few times a week for a few hours at a time. A week is a very long time for a newborn which is why frequent contact is recommended.
Three two-hour visits in a week will provide your child with a better opportunity to bond with the non-custodial parent than one eight hour visit would.
You can set your schedule up so that the other parent is able to see the baby every other day (or every two days) for a few hours each time. If the other parent is consistent and sees the baby on a routine basis, the visitation hours should be extended as your child grows.
Ultimately, your newborn visitation schedule should be made according to your beliefs and what you feel is best for your child.
If you are both comfortable with the terms of your newborn visitation schedule, you should ask the judge to make it a court order.
The Custody X Change software has some terrific features that will help you keep track of the amount of scheduled visitation time and what actually happens.
You can even use the time share percentage report to get an accurate assessment of the percentage of time each parent is allotted to spend time with the baby.
Whether or not you choose to include overnight visits in your newborn's visitation schedule is completely your decision. If you and your ex agree to have overnights, the judge will most likely approve it.
However, if the judge provides you with a visitation schedule (since you could not reach an agreement) it is highly unlikely that the non-custodial parent will be granted overnight visits until your child is older.
If the custodial parent does not want the baby to have overnight visitation with the other parent, the judge will most likely agree with the wishes of that parent.
Every child is unique and has his or her own special needs. Every situation is different. You should customize a visitation schedule so it meets your child's individual needs.
You can use Custody X Change to create a visitation calendar as unique as your child is. You can block out visitation time in hours, days, and even over night.
If you want your newborn to spend as much time as possible with both of you, you may want to consider rearranging your work schedules.
Some parents may work with each other and create a schedule that allows both parents to be actively involved in the child's life.
These parents may go so far as to coordinate their work schedules so that the baby can spend time with the each parent while the other parent is at work.
This eliminates the need for childcare. It doesn't make much sense to pay a child care provider to watch your child when a perfectly capable parent is available.
When you use Custody X Change to create your parenting plan and child visitation schedule, you will have the ability to make modifications to your schedule as the needs of your child change as he or she grows. The software that handles your infant custody arrangements will continue to be helpful as your child grows to be an adult.