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What are the Housing Requirements for Visitation?

Visitation rules and requirements depend on the specific case, the custodial arrangement and the ages of the children. A parenting plan is preferred, wherein each party decides together how to manage the parenting of children when a relationship is no longer in place between the mother and the father. The non-custodial parent is entitled to a specific amount of parenting, or visitation time. That schedule should be included in your divorce or in your custody agreement. If there is nothing in place, or you want to change your agreement in order to spend more time with your children, talk to an experienced custody attorney who can help you appeal for this change

While it’s always preferable for each child to have his or her own sleeping space, the courts will usually recognize that this is not always possible due to financial limitations and the housing options that are available to non-custodial parents. It’s not a requirement that each of your children have their own room when they visit you. However, the ages and genders of your children will sometimes create a problem in the eyes of the court. For example, if you have a son who is 13 and a daughter who is five, it might make a judge uncomfortable to have them sleeping and changing clothes in one small space. If you have two girls or two boys who are only a year or two apart, it’s probably not going to matter that they share a room.

Try to create a bit of privacy for each of your kids when they visit. If you have an adolescent or a teen who is a different gender than your younger child, perhaps allow the younger child to sleep with you, or create a bed for your older child in the living room or another place in the house where he has his own space.

This post was written by David Hurvitz. Follow David on Google+.