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How are visitation plans worked out in collaborative law?

In many Houston divorce situations kids are involved in the relationship. Each divorce is unique and brings its own set of complications. In a relationship where kids are involved, a collaborative law divorce can take into account visitation plans, child custody, and other related items.

When there are children involved in a divorce, there are many issues that the parents need to work out in regards to child support, child custody and visitation. Since the child cannot be in two places at the same time, visitation needs to be set up. In Texas, the court usually assigns Joint Managing Conservatorship over the children. This means that both parents have the right to get information from the other parent regarding the health, education, and welfare of their child, and each parent should be able to talk to a doctor or teacher about their child and consent to medical treatment.

Just because both parents are named in a Joint Managing Conservatorship doesn't mean they get equal possession of the child. This is decided in a visitation schedule called a standard possession order (SPO). The judge creates the visitation schedule using certain guidelines and the parents can agree. The judge will take into account the children's age and how far the spouses live from each other. Weekends, weekdays, holidays, birthdays, summers, and spring breaks are all broken down in the agreement.

Texas families who are going through a divorce know what an emotionally draining situation it can be. There are so many factors that need to be considered and it can be overwhelming. A legal professional skilled in family law can help a person through the entire divorce process and offer advice when it comes to child visitation and support. Taking a collaborative approach may allow a family to avoid some of the drawn-out heartache of a tradition, litigated divorce.

Source: lanwt.org, "Visitation rights and responsibilities", accessed on July 28, 2015

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