While you are going through a divorce, child custody is one of your main concerns. If it looks like you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are going to have some sort of joint custody, you may have concerns about how this will work. After all, co-parenting may sound like a difficult task.
Thankfully, it is possible to create a custody agreement that lasts. Here are some tips for coming up with a parenting plan that works.
1. Think from the perspective of your children
Dealing with divorce and going back and forth between homes is hard for kids. While you start making your parenting schedule, make sure you consider how your children will feel about it. Imagine how the schedule will impact their daily lives.
Do your kids have any after-school activities you need to take into account? Keep their activities in mind so you do not disrupt their lives. Your children deserve as much emotional support and consistency as possible.
2. Consider the logistics
Of course, you will need to think about transportation and child care when drafting your custody plan. Do you and the other parent live close enough that makes pick-ups and drop-offs manageable? Will the school bus be able to take your kids to and from both residences? Additionally, if you have young children who have a regular babysitter, consider including this relationship in your parenting schedule.
3. Make it your own and be flexible
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to a parenting schedule. Every family is different. Do not assume you can just find a parenting plan online and use it for your situation. Your custody schedule should be unique to your circumstances. You should also know that life changes and sometimes you may need to tweak your plans every now and then.
These three tips will help you co-parent successfully. However, even if your custody agreement is untenable in the future, you may be able to modify it through the court.