Handling visitation with an infant after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child & Spousal Support on Friday, November 8, 2019.

In a Missouri divorce, there are many issues to navigate. One of the most complex is when the couple has recently had a child and must formulate a visitation schedule. Child custody, support and visitation can spark many areas of dispute. That’s why it is important to understand how to address these situations effectively.

There are certain factors to consider with a visitation plan for an infant. New parents can face challenges at the beginning, including understanding when the child is crying due to hunger or because of fatigue. When handling visitation rights, it is important to be confident in the other parent. Discussing thoughts and concerns could be beneficial. Beginning the visitation sessions intermittently can prepare for longer visits. At first, it might be better to have more visits through the course of a week but of shorter duration. Visitation time could be expanded later.

Eventually, the visits can extend to overnight. The benefits of this include a greater chance at bonding and allowing the other parent some time to rest and recuperate from the rigors of caring for a baby. Often, courts will avoid overnight visits until the child is 3 years old. Up until that age, the parents will need to consider everything from breastfeeding to the baby’s sleeping habits.

During a divorce, financial support is often one of the most difficult issues to deal with. However, visitation can be just as complicated, especially when there is an infant involved. For legal assistance with child support, visitation and any other aspect of family law, it may help to contact a legal professional.

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