Im after some info from reputable sources in regards to visitation of an infant (3 months old) and on what the primary carer MUST do (in print, what the primary carer has to offer to the other parent in regards to visitation).
I need to be able to print it straight from a reputable website but cant find anything concrete grrr.
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24-03-2014 14:01 #1
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24-03-2014 14:27 #2
29-03-2014 13:55 #3
You won't find anything 'exact' in print, as everyone's circumstances are different. The courts generally take it as a case by case scenario.
However the general guidelines for infants is short (1-2hrs) but frequent visits with the non custodial parent, up to 12mths. They recommend no longer than 3 days between visits, although this isn't always practical when you've clearly separated! Where possible, and when b/f especially, these visits should be in the babies home (or not far away).
My exDH left when I was pregnant with our DS2, so I did a lot of research and sought several professional opinions on the matter.
My DS2 turned 1 this month and we have only just started a full day (9-5) in the past few weeks. On the weekend DS1 is with exDH, DS2 spends the Saturday now (started as a few hours). We will eventually build up to overnight, which they don't recommend these days until closer to the age of 2. I'll work to allow it earlier than that, but purely because DS1 is already there so I know DS2 will feel ok around him.
That will still be awhile off though, he's never lived with this child and so they need time to develop a proper bond. DS2 also needs to be ok away from me for that long too, he's still very young. All of the studies indicate that children under 2, really need stability and comfort overnight.
Hope that helps a bit.
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