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It's time for school: Child custody during the school year

Although it's nearly summer now, the next school year is just around the corner. As a parent who has a child and is going through divorce, you know that custody arrangements can be affected by your child's school schedule.

Here are a few different things to consider when designing your child's schedule for the school year. Your attorney can help you finalize this parenting plan when you and your ex are satisfied with the results.

1. Design your parenting plan around your child's school schedule first

When your child heads to school, you need to have a plan that states where he or she will be before and after the school day. Maybe you decide to have your child on the weekends since his dad or mom is closer to the school or opt to share custody throughout the week. Whatever you do, make sure you make your child's schedule the primary factor in your decisions.

2. Extracurricular activities can influence the way the plan is designed

If your child decides to participate in extracurricular activities, it's important for you and your ex to support that decision. Talk to your child about when these activities would take place. They may fit into your current plan or require adjustments to the parenting plan for the school year.

3. Design a schedule that gives your child enough time with you and his or her other parent

It's important to have both parents in a child's life as long as there is no reason not to do so. There are several kinds of schedules you might want to consider that could help make sure both you and your ex-partner get time with your child. For example, an alternative weeks schedule is one where each parent has the child for one week before the child returns to the other parent's care. This can work well if you live near to one another and both have similar work schedules where you're home to care for your child.

Another possible schedule is the every weekend schedule. With this schedule, your child spends time with one parent throughout the school week and the other for the entire weekend.

These are just a few ideas. Your attorney can give you more information on popular custody arrangements and those that might work in your situation.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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