How much visitation (days, overnights, dinners, etc.) should the non-custodial parent have with our children?

Custodial Visitation Rights in BethesdaThere is no Maryland law that lists out what visitation schedule is in your child(ren)’s best interests. Nor has such a formula been established by developmental experts. Most competent experts believe that a visitation schedule must be based on the physical age and the temperament of the child, the ability of the parents to cooperate, the level of stress the transitions cause the child, and the history of each parties’ actual involvement with the child, and other facts. Look over the Child Custody Factors and Taylor Factors worksheets on our site for a more robust list of potential facts. The goal of settling a case or to trying the case in court is to determine what is in the best interests of the child NOT the parents. So each parent must focus on what is in their child(ren)’s best interests and not on “winning”, “vindication” or “saving face”.