Very rarely does a custodial visitation arrangement provide for every eventuality or development of the child’s needs as he or she grows up. Invariably, changes or modifications to the visitation schedule must be made periodically. Absent an agreement between the parties, the affected party must resort to the courts to address these changes.
Usually, the courts are amenable to any adjustment in a visitation schedule which is practical, sensible and reasonable. These do not have to be long, drawn out proceedings, but can be dealt with in relatively few appearances. The focus is always on what is comfortable for the child, making provisions for extra-curricular activities, holidays and family tradition. There is no guideline or essential rule of thumb; each case has to be handled on a case-by-case basis.