Adjusting Custody During the School Year

Summer is a beautiful time to enjoy bonding with your children. You and your former spouse may have each taken an opportunity to travel with your children at some point. However, if you’re in the process of getting divorced, you may need to look at your parenting plan and visitation schedule to ensure it remains fair. In most circumstances, courts want to see visitation and shared custody arrangements that facilitate healthy relationships between the children and both parents. Working together to create an acceptable parenting plan shows the courts that you are putting the needs of your children first

Full-time school reduces free time for family fun

There simply won’t be as much free time to split up during the school year. You and your spouse need to find a way to make shared custody work. Perhaps you alternate weeks picking the kids up from school for completely shared, 50/50 custody. Maybe one of you spends every weeknight with the kids and the other typically spends the weekend or every other weekend with them. Every family has different demands, schedules and needs. Try to be flexible and to remember that your children need both of their parents.

Try to work to reach a place where you and your spouse can both attend critical functions, like parent-teacher conferences or school plays. Ideally, your children will have two fully engaged parents advocating for the best possible educational outcome. Good co-parenting and compromise will be critical to the success of your arrangements. If you can remind each other about important assignments or upcoming special events, you will both be there to encourage and support your children throughout the educational process.

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