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Is there a standard custody and visitation schedule for parents

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Is there a standard custody and visitation schedule for parents who live in 2 different states?
Dear straykitty - There is no "standard" order since living in two different states can mean living across the street in places where state lines run through a town or living a thousand miles away in large western states. The general rule is that when parents live far enough apart that visitation is not practical for a standard order of every other weekend then the court will use the plan of several weeks during the summer and a week at the holidays and possibly a week in the spring and then say several weekend during the school year or alternating Thanksgivings etc. Once again the distance is a factor. If it's only a couple hundred miles then more frequent visits may be possible but if it requires a plane ticket then it becomes more difficult and expensive. The other issue is who pays the cost of the travel. Some courts will say that the person who moves is responsible since it's not the other parent's fault that they chose to move. So I can't provide an exact outline of a court visitation order that will fit all cases. You will need to consider all of the factors I have mentioned. Generally the summer visit will be around 4 weeks but can be more or less. The ages of the children are important, especially if plane travel is involved when the children have to travel alone. As children grow older they become involved in more and more extracurricular activities which affect their summer schedules so what works today may not work in five years. Whenever a court is considering these issues the number one consideration is the best interests of the children, not the parents.
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