A divorce is often traumatic for everyone involved, and this is especially true for children. As part of a divorce order, the custody rights and visitation for children is established. In most circumstances, one parent has primary physical custody and the other parent has visitation while both parents share legal custody. This means that both parents have a say in major decisions regarding the child, such as where they attend school and what medical care they will receive. Florida provides guidelines for parents and the court to set up custody and visitation agreements.
The primary goal of a visitation schedule is to minimize the loss to the child while maximizing the contact and benefits of a relationship with both parents. It is accepted that in most cases, a child benefits from having contact with both parents. It is also important for parents to understand that all visitation schedules are created with the best interests of the child in mind.