What is a visitation model?
The child visitation model is a court decision on the way the child will see the father or mother with whom he/she does not live. That model can be defined in two ways – vaguely or concretely. Indeterminate means that the time and place of picking up and returning the child will not be specified in the visitation model, while the specific model predicts a precisely determined visitation dynamic.
An indefinite or “by appointment” model of visitation is possible when the child’s parents are on good terms, when they have defined their partnership and are able to plan together (often on a weekly or even daily basis), as well as coordinate their ongoing plans.
On the other hand, there is a way of determining the visitation model according to which it is precisely determined who and when the child is handed over and picked up, how long the visitation lasts, where the visitation will take place, and the like. This way of defining the visitation model is more common and recommended in practice because it contributes to reducing the possibility of disagreements in the future.
Determining the pattern of visitation is one of the most delicate issues in family proceedings. When defining the viewing model, it is necessary to be guided by the interests of the child, and not by the mere wishes of the parents, because the wishes of the parents may conflict with the interests of the child. It is difficult for parents to accept that by determining the model of visitation, they are not fighting against the other parent, but trying to provide the child with an adequate dynamic of visitation, which should ensure the child’s unhindered psychophysical development, peace, tranquility, as well as strengthen the relationship with the parent with whom the child does not live and thus influence the child to feel as little as possible the consequences of the divorce or separation of his parents and so that the child during his upbringing has the feeling that he really has two parents.