Child custody plans usually include a schedule of when the child will spend time with each parent. In the past, the court typically had default models to use. These were things like the non-custodial parent got the child every other weekend and for summer break.
Many courts understand that the old-time arrangement doesn’t work for all situations. Parents today have considerable leeway in making the parenting time agreement that enables the child to spend meaningful time with both parents.
Many parenting plans have one schedule used for most of the year, typically when the child is in school. Another program is meant for when the child doesn’t have school, such as during winter and summer breaks. Thinking about a few things may make it easier for you to figure out how to set up these schedules.
Parent’s work schedule
The parent’s work schedule plays a role in where the child spends time during their time off school. The children may have to go to a babysitter sometimes, but spending time with one parent while the other works can benefit everyone involved.
Child’s extracurricular activities
Extracurricular activities sometimes elapse during school breaks. The child will need to be able to keep up with those, so both parents must figure out how to make this happen. Ideally, the adults will be able to support the child in these activities, so they can fully enjoy what they love.
Chance to see long-distance relatives
Some holidays are when children can see family members they don’t usually see. Being flexible in the parenting schedule is a good idea. It will likely mean a lot to the child to see their favorite cousin on their dad’s side, even if it’s their mom’s weekend.
Parents who work together can often find creative solutions to issues related to their children. Creating the parenting plan is the basis for this, but there might still need to be some flexibility involved. It’s not always easy to agree on everything related to the children, so having someone on your side who can help is beneficial.