Sometimes, if custody of a parent would harm the children, the courts give custody to someone other than the parents because it is in the best interests of the children. Normally, this is called “guardianship,” where a person who is not the parent applies for custody of the children because the parents cannot care for them. Click here for more information on guardianship. Visitation (also known as “Time-Share”) is the plan of how parents share time with children. A parent who has the children less than half the time has the children`s visit. Visiting sequences vary depending on the well-being of the children, the situation of the parents and other factors. In general, the visit can be: F. Parental leave cancelled. If the non-guardian parent does not arrive on the agreed date and does not inform the guardian parent that he or she is late, the entitled parent must wait only 30 minutes before considering the visit cancelled. Courts generally prefer that both parents play an active role in their child`s life. However, if there are problems such as abuse or domestic violence in the past, the judge will certainly take them into account and may request a supervised visit and, in rare cases, no visits. Sometimes a judge gives shared custody to the parents, but not joint physical custody.
This means that both parents share the responsibility of making important decisions in children`s lives, but children most of the time live with one parent. The parent who does not have physical custody usually has the children`s visit. As a rule, a judge approves any agreement submitted jointly by the parents. Once the parents have finished drafting the custody agreement, they will be able to choose for their own lawyers to check the document and then sign it, either in front of their lawyers or in front of witnesses and a notary. The agreement can remain an informal agreement between the parents or the parents can file the document in court if desired or by an already existing court decision. Parents must keep copies of this document for themselves to which they can refer in the event of a dispute, misunderstanding or desire to establish a written amendment to the agreement. If your custody agreements and visit plan are already in place, follow them. Otherwise, it can have serious consequences. If you want to change your custody agreements, talk to a lawyer to discuss how you can apply for a change in custody.
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