Family Law

Deciding On the Right Custody Schedule

Every family goes through rough patches. It’s only natural that you and your spouse will have disagreements over the years, but most couples know how to work through them.

However, this doesn’t always happen, and they don’t always have anyone around who can help either. The result? Families end up living in a state of constant chaos – the kids are fighting all day constantly; parents are constantly bickering about everything from bedtimes for the children to a curfew for older ones, chores, and responsibilities at home, plus their own personal challenges.

Many times, divorce is the end result. When couples go through a divorce, one of the most important tasks is to formulate a custody schedule. In this article, we’ll discuss the best way to go about deciding on a fair custody schedule for your children.

What Is a Custody Schedule

A custody schedule is a plan that lays out how much time each parent will have with their child(ren). It takes into account where the child lives, which school they attend and where they’ll spend holidays. The schedule also takes into consideration the parents’ availability and proximity to each other’s residences.

There are two types of custody: joint physical custody and sole physical custody. Joint custody is when both parents share a portion of the time when the kid child(ren) lives with them. Sole custody is when one parent has the child(ren) full time and is completely responsible for their welfare.

Best Interests of the Children

Typically, joint custody would be in the best interests of the children. This gives them a chance to experience life and have the advantages of having both parents in their lives.

Joint custody requires the need for a custody schedule. In the section below, we’ll outline tips for deciding on the best schedule and how to handle it properly.

The Best Way to Decide a Schedule

The most important thing when creating a custody schedule is to put the needs of the child first. Here are some tips for doing that:

  • Talk to your child about what they would like. Get their opinion on things like how much time they want to spend with each parent and which schools they would like to attend.
  • Remember that the schedule is not set in stone. It can be amended as needed, depending on the child’s changing needs.
  • Try to find a schedule that allows the child to spend equal time with both parents. This can be difficult, but it’s important for the child to feel like they are still a part of both families.

A divorce is never a positive event, but deciding on a fair custody schedule can make things easier for your children. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the divorce, it’s important to remember that the children are always the ones affected the most, and the main focus should be on their wellbeing. Contact Rajvi today at Gandhi Selim Law. I can help you navigate through the process with your Family Law needs.

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