How to Create a Workable Child Visitation Schedule

Coming up with a child visitation schedule that works for both parties is rarely an easy task in divorce cases. Parents are busy with work, family, and new friends, which can make it hard to coordinate schedules in a way that works without struggle. This is especially true in hotly contested divorces where the parties are unable to agree on any of the issues. However, creating a visitation plan that works for your kids will prove invaluable in the long run.

When divorced parents are able to show their children they can work together on issues that involve them, the result is a happier and more well-adjusted child. This will lead to stronger relationships between the children and each parent, as well as any stepparents that enter the picture in the future.


Parenting time in New Jersey is governed by statute, and the Courts prefer a plan that allows both parents an equal input on matters concerning their children. When seeking a visitation plan that suits you, the Court will consider several factors.

These factors include:

  • The parents’ ability to communicate without conflict
  • The child’s preference (when a preference can be articulated by a mature child)
  • The fitness of each parent
  • The ability of each parent to allow the child to continue to participate in their regular activities
  • The age and number of children

Above all else, the Courts will consider what is in the best interests of the child when making a decision. It is up to the parents to present evidence to the Court to show that their proposal meets this standard.


At Moskowitz Law Group, LLC, our team of experienced legal professionals is knowledgeable in issues involving child custody and visitation. We understand the need for your kids to continue to grow a relationship with you, your ex, and extended family. Remaining flexible can go a long way to getting to a result that meets your needs. Our firm can help you develop the evidence that best proves your position while keeping your kids’ best interests in mind.

To learn more about how to develop a visitation schedule that works for your family, please call our office at (201) 419-6223. Initial consultations with a New Jersey family law attorney are provided free of charge.

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