Establishing a visitation schedule for children is generally easier as they get older, provided that the parents can agree. It’s a bit more difficult when the child is an infant because there are other considerations at play. The schedule must be in the best interest of the infant while allowing both parents to spend time with the child.
The parent who is not the primary caregiver will need to recognize that they may not be able to spend extensive time with the infant at first. The visitation will likely begin with shorter visits until the child gets a little older. Visitation is particularly challenging when the infant is breastfeeding. It may take a couple of years until the child can spend extended time with the other parent. While this might be difficult to accept at first, parents should understand that the schedule will eventually change to progressively give both parents meaningful time with the child.
If you are currently negotiating an infant visitation schedule, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We will work to negotiate an amicable schedule on your behalf.