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Access - General

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 and particularly recommended 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.

Access parents typically have a right to medical and educational records and a right to participate in extra-curricular activities or parent-teacher interviews