Access provisions in court orders or separation agreements govern the time that the non-custodial
parent has with the child. Access provisions normally include a wide range of terms designed to
preserve the bond between the child and this parent.
The times and duration of access are normally specified. This is normal when one parent
anticipates that this may be a problem in the future.
The access provisions can be as simple as: “...every other weekend from Friday at 5 p.m. to
Sunday at 5 p.m.”, or whatever is works for the parties.
There are few limitations on what sort of access the parents might agree upon.
This wide scope normally allows the interests of both parents and child to be accommodated.
Maturing Children and Access
After an access order is in place and after hostilities between parents lessen, the children
themselves often define or refine the access times as they mature. This allows them to
incorporate their life more readily into what is often an artificial access arrangement.
Terms of access varied dramatically from case to case. The access parent often has a right to
attend school functions, including parent-teacher days.
The access parent often has rights to school records or health records or whatever else may be of
concern to particular parents.
Many access orders specify who the children will spend holidays with or what parent has what
weeks for summer vacation with the child.
Please note: If you are involved in a matrimonial dispute, we
strongly recommend that you retain a lawyer to represent
you at the first possible opportunity;
This site and this note are designed only to acquaint you with a
few (and only a few) of the issues that may affect you.
It is not intended as legal advice on any specific case.
You are well advised to retain the services of an
experienced lawyer as soon as possible.