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What is Reasonable Visitation?

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Reasonable visitation in Missouri refers to visitation rights granted to the non-custodial parent in child custody cases. It is a standard used by courts to determine the appropriate amount of time and schedule for the non-custodial parent to spend with their child or children.

In Missouri, there is no specific definition or formula for what constitutes “reasonable visitation.” Instead, it is determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account various factors such as:

  • The best interests of the child: This is the primary consideration in determining visitation arrangements. The court will evaluate what schedule and amount of time with each parent is in the child’s best physical, emotional, and developmental interests.
  • The child’s age and needs: The visitation schedule may vary depending on the age and specific needs of the child, such as school schedules, extracurricular activities, and the child’s ability to handle transitions.
  • The parents’ work schedules and living arrangements: The court will consider the parents’ work schedules, commuting distances, and living arrangements to determine a practical visitation plan.
  • The relationship between the child and each parent: The court may consider the existing bond and relationship between the child and each parent, as well as any history of caregiving responsibilities.
  • The parents’ ability to cooperate and communicate: The court may consider the parents’ ability to cooperate and communicate effectively regarding the child’s needs and schedules.

Typically, reasonable visitation in Missouri involves a schedule that allows the non-custodial parent to spend regular and meaningful time with the child, such as every other weekend, one or more weekday evenings, and a portion of school holidays and vacations. However, the specific details of the visitation schedule are determined on a case-by-case basis, and the court may modify the arrangement as circumstances change or as the child’s needs evolve.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 408-5957.

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