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How should you approach making a custody arrangement?

Not all parenting plans are created equally, and this is because all parents live different lives. With each person having his or her own needs along with having to meet the needs of the child, the parenting plan must be perfectly adjusted.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to create a plan that is suitable for your situation. To start with, you'll want to create a plan that is right for you, your ex-partner and your child. For example, if you work Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, it might be beneficial for your ex-partner to watch your child those days while you watch your child on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You may also choose to split your time with one half-day each on one of the weekdays, so you have around 50/50 parenting time.

If you don't work during the week but your ex-partner does, consider giving him or her visitation rights from Friday through Sunday night, while you have your child during the school week. It might also be a good idea to add a midweek visit with mom or dad to help your child feel more connected to him or her.

These are just two examples of plans you can work out. What's important to remember is that physical presence isn't the only important factor in custody. You may also need to decide on how often you or your ex-spouse may contact your child when he or she is not in your custody. Determine how you can get in touch with your child, so he or she knows you care even when you're not there.

Your attorney can help you think about all aspects of custody, so you make the right decisions for your family. With help, you can be sure that the initial plan is right for you.

Source: The Spruce, "Creative Options for Child Visitation Schedules," Jennifer Wolf, accessed June 23, 2017

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