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Tips for visitation involving infants

Houston parents who are getting a divorce may need to create a visitation schedule for their child. If the child is still an infant, it may be necessary to work around needs of both the mother and the child.

A breastfeeding mother may need to pump milk. The parents might also agree on using formula with the child sometimes. Breastfeeding mothers who are apprehensive about allowing visitation should try to pinpoint what is causing the anxiety and whether it is concern about being away from the child, the other parent's skills, or something else.

A custodial parent probably will have to accept imperfect parenting from the other parent. There is more than one way to raise an infant, and the other parent can learn just as the custodial parent did. To start with, visitations are usually short. They might just be for half an hour three or four times each week. The visits do not have to be long for the child to bond with the other parent. It is more important that they be consistent. Some courts will not order overnight visits until the child is older, so it may be some time before parents have to work this out.

One parent might also pay child support to the other. Usually, this is paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. Ideally, parents are able to reach an agreement without going to court, but in complex child custody disputes, this may not be possible. One parent might be worried about the child's safety with the other parent. A parent may want to move out of the area. Courts try to resolve these issues with a solution that it is in the best interests of the child.

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