Child custody and support are often very touchy subjects for parents. It is not always easy for parents to communicate with each other when they have to discuss their children as they may be angry and hurt, especially if they have just ended their marriage or relationship. They may not want to be fair and cooperative, but it is best that they do because it could play a huge role in what happens between them and their child.
One of the main reasons parents should be fair when they are trying to figure out a visitation schedule is because it is not about them, but the child. It is hard to put aside your own feelings and make a decision that is in the best interests of the child, but it is wise. When parents attempt to work together to come up with a visitation schedule, sometimes the custodial parent is not very fair. This could be because they are angry with the noncustodial parent, but it could also be because they don't trust him or her with the child alone for too long.
Whatever the reason may be for them not wanting to give the noncustodial parent a certain amount of time with the child, not being fair when it comes to the visitation schedule could negatively impact the child and ruin the relationship they have with both parents. The child may be angry with one parent for not being around as much as they would like, but could also be angry with the other parent for not allowing the other in their life. In this situation, everyone suffers.
It is not easy being the child stuck in the middle of this dispute. It can affect the child both mentally and emotionally. This is something that parents should keep in mind when they are trying to work together to come up with a visitation schedule. Any parent who has questions about child custody, visitation rights or needs assistance coming up with a visitation schedule that is fair, may want to speak to an attorney at the Law Office of Michael D. Tracton.