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Lombard parenting time lawyerWhile divorce can be difficult for a couple, it can be especially hard on any children they share. Divorcing parents will want to consider their children’s feelings and help them adjust to a new situation as smoothly as possible. When determining child custody arrangements, it is important to create a parenting time (visitation) schedule which ensures that both parents and children know when children will be in the care of each parent. Here are some tips for how to make a clear and concise parenting time schedule:

Parenting Time Schedules and Exceptions

The first step in creating a schedule is to determine which parent children will spend time with on a day-to-day basis. This will be the regular schedule your children will be most familiar with. The frequency of when parents will exchange children will depend on the type of child custody agreement. If parents share joint custody, children may stay with each parent in alternating weeks or on different days during the week. While children may not want to pack up and move to a new house every couple of days, they will also do not want to get too comfortable in one house before they have to change houses again. Finding a happy medium that allows both parents to spend quality time with their children is key.

Other considerations will apply if one parent has sole or primary custody, while children spend smaller amounts of parenting time with the other parent. In these cases, it is important to create a parenting time schedule that allows children to have the time they need with both parents.

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Managing summer schedules can be difficult for any parent, but those who have recently separated or divorced can find the summer shuffle especially challenging. Duties, errands, activities, and supervision needs that were once met by two parents in the same household become more complicated because they must now include moving the child from one parent's home to the other. Further, parents may need to work more frequently to accommodate their higher cost of living, and all that can add up to a hectic and stressful summer after divorce or separation. Thankfully, there are ways to mitigate against the issues.

Start Planning Early

Efficient and early planning are crucial to reducing the stress of summer schedules. Not only does this ensure you have thought of common challenges, such as where your child will be on what days, but it also helps you to accommodate special interests and needs, such as summer school, swimming lessons, baseball games, and summer holidays.

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