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Parents should consider children in creating parenting schedules

Creating a parenting schedule is an integral part of the child custody process for Charlotte residents who are not with their child's other parent. It's about showing the child a willingness to work together as much as it's about dividing the responsibilities of child custody. When it comes to developing a parenting plan, it's important to keep the child's perspective in mind, consider logistics, account for the child's schedule and possibly involve the child in the process.

Child custody arrangements can be hard on the child. He or she has not only to adjust to living with the parents separately but also to traveling back and forth between residences. Parents should imagine the child's perspective and the impacts different parenting schedules may have on his or her day-to-day life. Logistically, parents should consider transportation options, including school buses, to and from each residence and the availability of child-care options.

For many children, school and activities are the most significant day-to-day events. It's crucial for parents creating a parenting schedule to note the different activities their children may take part in, when they occur and whether or not they are seasonal. It may not be necessary or practical to include a very young child in the process of scheduling, but those who are old enough to voice their preferences can be involved, even if their ideas are ultimately overruled by the parents. Asking about their preferences for certain days of the week is not the same as asking for them to choose their favorite parent.

People in Charlotte who are trying to decide child custody issues might want to speak with an attorney. An attorney with experience in family law may be able to help by negotiating terms with the other parent or by drafting a parenting schedule that fits the needs and goals of the parties. An attorney may also argue on the client's behalf during family court or other official proceedings.

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