Many family courts and family experts agree that a successful co-parenting arrangement after a divorce is in the best interest of the children. Parents may wonder at first how they can ever attempt a co-parenting agreement. They may not want to have their children spend any time away from them. Or they may not want to be in communication with their former spouse. But, many people find that if they can overcome the initial hardships of co-parenting, it pays off in the end.
Co-parenting is a term that is used to mean that both parents stay involved in the children’s life after a divorce. The idea behind it is that both parents want to form and maintain meaningful relationships with their children. There are a few ways that parents incorporate co-parenting. They may divide up the time with their children equally. This works if parents live close enough to have frequent switches. Or, the parents may both stay involved in making decisions about the children.
In order to make co-parenting work, it’s important to establish a reliable child custody schedule. This is the basic calendar of when the children will be with each parent. This calendar is important because it gives each parent the ability to plan and prepare for time with the children. It also ensures that both parents get to see the children on a regular basis.
To establish a good custody schedule, you need to first decide how much time the children will be spending with each parent. In co-parenting each parent should have enough time with the children to establish and maintain good relationships. This means that each parent should have time with the children when they are helping with school work, providing meals, helping take care of other needs, and having fun. The children should spend different times with parents so they can have access to many different activities with that parent.
When thinking about visitation, you need to consider the needs of your children. Kids at different ages will need different types of custody schedules to fit their needs. Toddlers and young children will need frequent visits with each parent to establish good relationships. Older children can handle longer visits with longer periods of time between them. Teenagers will often have busy schedules and extra-curricular activities that their parents will need to support.
Your custody schedule should include the times when the children will be with each parent. It should also have a holiday schedule. This is nice for the parents to know exactly when they’ll be with the children and also for the children to know when they will see each parent.