If you are a custodial parent and your ex husband or wife has
visitation rights, it could be very helpful for you to keep a visitation journal
that documents these meetings. The children will be heavily influenced
by the noncustodial parent, and you want to make sure that that influence
is positive, not negative. Also, if your ex fails to comply with the court
orders, you can bring this up in court and act in the interest of correcting
problems. If you are going to keep a visitation journal, you will want
to make sure it is detailed and helpful.
You will want to document all late pick-ups or missed visits. If your ex
bails on you and the children last minute, or makes you wait at a meeting
point for three hours because he or she was out with friends, then you
will want to write down these moments. As well, if your ex refuses to
visit at a particular time, or if the children seem to be drawing away
from you and preferring the other parent, then you will want to document
Document things that the children say that seem negative or odd to you.
Note whether the children are constantly coming back from their other
parent's home with new toys, treats, or other things that could be
bribery by your ex to pull them onto his or her side.
As well, you will want to write down times when the visits go well, and
explain why you think that a particular visit went well. If you want more
information about visitation diaries and how they could help you in court,
contact a Mission Viejo divorce attorney today. You deserve an attorney
to assist you in your case. Whenever you need help with a
custody battle, don't hesitate to get an attorney from The Hunter Law Group
on your side!