Parents that choose to separate or divorce are required to stay in contact for matters involving the children. The relationship does not simply end. Communication is required to discuss matters affecting the children, to arrange parenting time and to effectively co-parent. The parents will be linked to each other indefinitely through their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Therefore, it is important in any custody case for the parties to put the past behind them and allow some flexibility.
Keeping in mind factors like each other’s work schedule, work location, home location, school location and the children’s activities, parties can work together to establish the best visitation schedule for kids. Building a routine that your children can easily become accustomed to will allow for that schedule to be an integral part of their lives. Parties that are able to effectively communicate and work together for the sake of the children are often able to agree to deviate from the court ordered schedule. Exchanging days or allowing additional days can be very important when dealing with work, school, activity, holiday and vacation schedules. The hope is that if one parent is accomodating of issues as they arise, that the other parent will give the same courtesy in the future. This ability to be flexible after having gone through a divorce or custody dispute will allow for better co-parenting and a better relationship between all involved.
Ultimately, it is up to you and your former partner to decide what works best for you and your children. Communication is of the utmost importance and is the only way that flexibility can be achieved. The best visitation schedule for kids is always the one that makes them feel close to both the parents. Contact your local Glendale custody lawyer and the Glendale law firm of Scott Law Offices for more information and ideas regarding parenting time schedules and the best visitation schedule for kids.