Infant Visitation Schedule

Oklahoma Infant Visitation

The following Infant Visitation Schedule is a template for you to begin considering the visitation schedule for your newborn or infant visitation during and after divorce or paternity case. This Infant Visitation Schedule is not enforced in all counties in Oklahoma; however, many family law attorneys seek some version of this schedule for their client’s child custody cases or divorces in Oklahoma involving infants, based on research and the importance of a child developing strong bonds with both parents.

Years of research across the country has shown that there is a very significant level of importance in establishing a healthy bond between infants and both their parents. Therefore, the following schedule is supported by a number of family law judges, mediators, and family law attorneys in Oklahoma. Additionally, this Infant Visitation Schedule is supported by the Advisory Guidelines of the Oklahoma Administrative Director of the Courts. Many statements made in the following schedule were adopted from the Advisory Guidelines of the Oklahoma Administrative Director of the Courts. 

While fathers play a very important role in the development of a newborn, the first year of a child’s life is much more dependent upon the mother. Therefore, the following schedule was created, which gradually increases the father’s visitation with the newborn, while the mother’s visitation begins to have openings once the newborn can go hours or eventually days between being at mother’s side. 

OKLAHOMA INFANT VISITATION SCHEDULE 

DURING THE FIRST THREE (3) MONTHS, ALL VISITATION TIME WITH FATHER SHALL INCLUDE MOTHER BEING PRESENT DURING THE VISITATION. FATHER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PACKING HIS OWN DIAPER BAG AND SHALL HAVE THE BASIC ESSENTIALS FOR THE BABY, I.E. DIAPERS, BURP RAGS, PACIFIERS, ETC.

NO SIGNIFICANT OTHERS SHALL BE PRESENT DURING THE FIRST THREE (3) MONTHS OF VISITATION; HOWEVER, GRANDPARENTS ARE ALLOWED TO BE PRESENT DURING THE VISITATIONS.

OKLAHOMA VISITATION

NEWBORNS TO 3-MONTH-OLD

NEWBORNS TO 3 MONTHS OLD – Infant Visitation: Infants learn to love and trust familiar caregivers; therefore, infants should have frequent contact with both parents and should have a predictable schedule and routine. Father should be allowed to participate in daily routines to the extent possible such as bathing, burping, changing diapers, etc.

Father shall have the following visitation time:

Every Monday and Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. These visitations shall occur at Mother’s home.

Every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. These visitations shall occur at Father’s home.

Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The weekend visitation shall occur at Father’s home. The intent of the weekend visitation is to allow the Father a four hour visit during the weekend. If parties are unable to agree on a weekend day, the parties shall alternate the above days.

OKLAHOMA INFANT VISITATION

3-MONTHS-OLD TO 6-MONTH-OLD

THREE (3) MONTHS TO SIX (6) MONTHS OLD – Infant Visitation: The above schedule continues to be followed; however, Mother will not be present during all of these visitation times as set forth below. In the event that mother is still breastfeeding, mother shall make herself available to breastfeed the child during father’s visitation time (when she is not present) or provide breast milk or formula for this time period.

FATHER SHALL PROVIDE HIS OWN CAR SEAT, AS WELL AS, HAVE HIS OWN DIAPER BAG WITH THE NEEDED ESSENTIALS FOR THE BABY.

Father shall have the following visitation time:

Every Monday and Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. These visitation shall continue to occur at Mother’s home with Mother being present.

Every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mother shall not be present during these visitations and father shall pick the child up from Mother or daycare and shall return the child to Mother’s home.

Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. OR Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The mother shall not be present during these visitations and the father shall pick up and return to child to Mother’s home.

OKLAHOMA INFANT VISITATION

6-MONTH-OLD TO 9-MONTH-OLD

SIX (6) TO NINE (9) MONTHS – Infant Visitation:  ALL OF FATHER’S VISITATION SHALL BE WITHOUT MOTHER BEING PRESENT. At six months, infants begin to recognize their parents and other caregivers and trust regular caregivers to recognize their signals for food, comfort and sleep. Visits several times a week with non-custodial parent is recommended at this age.

Communication between parents about the baby is essential for good infant adjustment. A daily communication log should be maintained and exchanged between the parents noting eating, sleeping, diapering, medicine schedules and any new developments.

Father shall have the following visitation time:

Every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Father shall do all of the transporting of the child for these visitations and shall feed, bathe and prepare the child for bedtime prior to returning the child to Mother.

Every Saturday OR Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In the event that the parties are unable to agree on the weekend day, the parties shall alternate Saturday and Sunday each week. For the weekend visitation, the receiving parent shall pick up the child.

OKLAHOMA VISITATION FOR 9-MONTH-OLD TO 12-MONTH-OLD

NINE (9) MONTHS TO TWELVE (12) MONTHS OLD – Infant Visitation: Overnight visitation shall begin at this time.  Babies can respond to multiple nurturing caregivers if there is sensitivity to their cues and needs, and regularity in their waking, eating, and sleeping schedules. Both parents need to have the opportunity to participate in daily routines such as feeding, bathing, napping and playing. Separations of more than three to four days from either parent will interfere with a healthy attachment to that parent.  Similar routines in each home should be established and communicated between the parents.

Father shall have the following visitation time:

Every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Father shall do all of the transporting of the child for these visitations and shall feed, bathe, and prepare the child for bedtime prior to returning the child to Mother.

Alternate weekends with one weekend being Friday after work until 10:00

a.m. on Saturday morning and the following weekend from Saturday at 10:00 a.m. until Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Receiving parent shall pick up the child.


OKLAHOMA VISITATION FOR 12-MONTH-OLD TO 18-MONTH-OLD

TWELVE (12) MONTHS TO EIGHTEEN (18) MONTHS OLD – Infant Visitation:

Father shall have the following visitation time:

Every other weekend from Friday after work until Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Receiving parent shall pick up the child.

Every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Father shall do all of the transporting for these visitations and shall prepare the child for bedtime prior to returning to Mother.

On alternating week, after work on Monday until Tuesday morning when he returns the child to Mother or daycare.    Father shall do all of the transportation for these visitations.

OKLAHOMA VISITATION FOR 18-MONTH-OLD TO 24-MONTH-OLD

EIGHTEEN (18) MONTHS TO TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTHS OLD – Infant Visitation:

Father shall have the following visitation time:

Every other weekend from Friday after work until Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Receiving parent shall pick up the child.

Every Wednesday after work until Thursday morning when he returns the child to Mother or daycare. Father shall do all of the transportation for these visitations.

On alternating week, after work on Monday until Tuesday morning when he returns the child to Mother or daycare. Father shall do all of the transportation for these visitations.

Infant Visitation Conclusion

The most important factor in creating the best infant visitation schedule in your Oklahoma divorce or Oklahoma paternity case is to determine the willingness of each parent to learn the basic care needed to care for an infant. At a bare minimum, the following is necessary in caring for an infant: feeding, changing, bathing the baby; as well as identifying and treating common infant illnesses; and the ability to maintain an infant’s cycle of sleeping, feeding, and waking, i.e. the lack of sleep and constant care needed by an infant. 

Although gender of a parent has historically been the primary indicator of the ability of a parent to care for the needs of a newborn that is not always the case. Therefore, if you are a parent seeking primary custody for an infant or young child, it is important that you work with your Oklahoma family law attorney or child custody attorney to build a case to support your ability to be the primary caretaker of your infant child. 

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Protecting your child, especially an infant is one of the most important things in any parent’s life. When you are seeking custody of an infant, you need to build a strong case to support your argument that you should be primary parent or that you should be involved in the life of your infant child. Cannon & Associates can answer your questions about infant custody and we hope the above-listed Oklahoma Infant Visitation Schedule helps you evaluate your plan for your Oklahoma custody case. Contact Cannon & Associates by completing the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 405-657-2323 for answers to your questions on infant visitation and child custody. 

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