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4 ways to tell if a creative custody schedule might work for you

For generations, divorced families have been looking for ways to make custody arrangements easier and better for the children involved. Often, this looked like having them spend most of their time with one parent and then going to the other parent's house for visitation. 

Today, there are many different approaches to custody plans, especially in cases where parents have equal or near-equal parenting time. These non-traditional approaches can work well, but they aren't right for everyone. If you are considering a creative custody schedule, you should think carefully about your situation to determine if such an arrangement is a good fit.

Certain factors should be present if you want to pursue a creative custody plan.

  1. You communicate well with the other parent. Unusual circumstances require strong communication to minimize unnecessary disputes and confusion.
  2. The plan doesn't cause excessive strain on finances. Certain options, like bird nesting, can cost much more than a traditional arrangement. If a custody schedule is financial impractical, then it could be unmanageable and ultimately unsuccessful.
  3. Parents are on the same page. Making a creative schedule work requires both parents to participate. If one parent is not on board with the plan, then it can fall apart.
  4. The children benefit from the plan. Any custody plan that does not prioritize the wishes and best interests of the children can do more harm than good. 

When these factors are present, there is a higher likelihood that a non-traditional custody plan can work for all parties.

However, every case is different; there is no one formula that dictates what custody and visitation arrangement is best for everyone. As such, parents should discuss their specific situation and goals with an attorney. It can also be wise to resolve custody matters outside of court, as it can give parents the flexibility and control they need to find a plan that works best for them.

Custody and visitation matters can be very difficult to resolve. However, with legal guidance, it can be easier for parents to secure a fair agreement that protects their rights and their children's well-being.

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