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Visitation (Parenting Time)
Parties to a separation or dissolution (divorce) have the ability to craft a Visitation Schedule or a Parenting Plan that addresses both parents’ needs. Should there not be an agreement between the parties, the court will impose its own visitation schedule.
In either case, one would expect the following issues resolved in a visitation agreement: alternate weekend visitation (3-day weekends included), mid-week visitation, sharing of the children during periods of school recess -winter, spring and summer, New Year’s Eve, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with one parent or the other in alternate years, Father’s Day with Father, Mother’s Day with Mother, alternate years on the children’s birthdays, and open communication by phone and computer.
If you and your spouse can agree on a Parenting Schedule, leave nothing to interpretation. Be as specific as you can including the right language in your agreement. How is the decreed custody terminology defined? What are the rights and responsibilities? Who has legal custody? Which holiday does the child spend with you? What time and where may the other parent pick the child up? What time should the child be returned home? What is the procedure to follow if either of you are running late and won’t be there on time?
How much notice should you be given if they are planning a vacation? How far away may the other spouse move? What about future partners? Should those partners stay overnight in front of the children?
[Oregon Statutes – Volume 2 – Sections: 107.169, 107.174, 107.179]
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