The parenting time schedule that you and your ex work out has a big impact on the children. It determines how much time they get to spend with each parent. While it’s understandable that you want to spend as much time as possible with your children, you have to remember that the other parent wants the same thing.
There are several things that you need to think about when you’re trying to determine what to do about child custody. These points might help you and your ex to choose the arrangement that enables both parents to build a strong bond with the children.
Which parent can spend time with the children?
Look at the parents’ work schedules and the child’s school schedule to determine when a parent will be at home to spend time with the children. It might look nice on paper to see that you have five days per week with the child. However, it isn’t very much time if you have to work and the child has school during all those days because the time the child’s at home with you might be mostly sleeping.
How can both parents support the children?
Both parents have to be able to support the children in their hobbies and activities. The parenting plan should address the need for both parents to know about these events. It can even set a schedule for when the child will spend time with each parent during the busy sporting or activity season.
Finding the best custody balance for the children isn’t always easy. Parents have to think carefully about which parent can provide what the child needs at any given time. When the adults can work together, the children benefit greatly since they have both parents doing what they need. Getting the parenting plan together as quickly as possible helps both sides to know what’s expected and how things will work. Legal guidance can help you get to a workable agreement a lot faster.