After Divorce: Co-Parenting and Your Child’s Schedule
Are you getting divorced? Are you overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make? You are not alone. Many find themselves in similar circumstances. One of the most common concerns and most difficult choices divorcing parents struggle with is how the kids will spend time with each of their parents during and after divorce.
In most cases, this involves a detailed Parenting Plan that becomes part of the Divorce Agreement. The main focus of any good parenting plan is the child’s well-being.
Determining Your Child’s Schedule After Divorce:
In cases where there is current conflict, it can be tough for the parties involved to think calmly and rationally about how the divorce looks from the child’s perspective. Most kids and most parents benefit from shared custody of some type. Many people worry about how divorce hurts the children involved, but it is not divorce that hurt them, it is the conflict between their parents. Parents should do their best to minimize conflict by managing the entire process from scheduling to pick-ups and drop-offs so the children are not exposed to any conflict that may exist or that may come up.
Another critical decision that must be made regarding the children’s schedule after divorce is custody. When talking about custody, there are two main types: legal custody and physical custody. Physical custody pertains to the actual location of the child on specified days and times. Legal custody relates to the responsibility for making significant decisions on behalf of the child regarding health, education, religion, etc. When considering a post-divorce schedule for the children, parents should think about whether or not they will share physical custody 50/50 or a different split of shared physical custody. When making this decision, parents should keep in mind that the percentage of time spent with the child could impact the amount of child support they pay or receive.
Additional factors to consider when determining a child’s schedule after divorce include the child’s age, the level of co-operation possible between co-parents, the commitment of co-parents to the agreed upon schedule and ability to be flexible to accommodate the needs of the children, first right of refusal clause, etc.
If you need help determining the best parenting plan for your family or if you need to file for divorce and discuss child custody options in California, please get in touch with one of the experienced divorce attorneys at The Maggio Law Firm today.
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