Custody and visitation are fighting words. Divorce lawyers and judges are beginning to use the less confrontational term "parenting schedule" instead. The new term is not just a euphemism. It also signals a different approach to an age-old problem.
In all states, the spouse asking for a divorce must file a divorce petition (or complaint) with the local court and complete “service of process,” by making sure the responding spouse receives copies of the divorce paperwork.