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Creating a parenting schedule takes a lot of thought

You want the best for your children. You likely felt this desire from the moment you became a parent. Of course, at that time, you may have envisioned yourself raising your kids with your spouse in the same home. Now that you are going through divorce, you may wonder how you and the children will fare in the aftermath.

Fortunately, divorce does not have to end up as a scarring and difficult situation. If you and the other parent enter into the proceedings with the mindset that you want things to go as smoothly as possible, you may have the ability to work through the process efficiently and mindful of your kids' needs.

Joint custody

If you and the other parent believe that you can work together amicably despite your decision to divorce, you may easily come to the conclusion that joint custody would work best for your children. However, that is not the only decision that will need making in relation to custody arrangements. You will also need to determine your parenting schedule.

Creating a schedule

Hopefully, you and the other parent can work together to create a plan that will best suit your family. During the process, you may want to take the following tips into consideration:

  • Assess your children's schedules, taking school and extracurricular activities into account.
  • Take any special needs your children have into consideration.
  • Think about whether to involve your children in the decision-making process, especially if they are of an older age.
  • Remember that the amount of travel between homes will take a toll on the kids.
  • Do not think that either parent will win or lose, depending on the outcomes of the schedule.
  • Do not think that you are the only parent who can properly raise the children.
  • Get ready to continue working with your ex-spouse when it comes to parenting your children.

By allowing children to spend quality time with both parents, they may feel more secure in their relationships with each of you. Of course, this may also mean that scheduling will not always seem convenient for you.

Obtaining approval

Though you and the other parent want to work together to come to custody terms and create the parenting schedule, your arrangement will still need to obtain court approval. In order to make sure that you have considered the necessary aspects to create a solid plan, you may wish to consult with a South Carolina attorney.

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