Parenting time is an issue that is important not only to parents who divorce, but also to unmarried parents who live apart. At ALS our lawyers help parents and third-party caretakers negotiate parenting time arrangements that work with their schedules and that are in the best interests of their children.
In the past, parenting time tended to follow a formula. One parent (typically the mom) would have primary physical custody, while the other parent (the dad) would see the children on alternating weekends and holidays. However, as families have evolved and parents roles in society and the work place have changed, many different time sharing arrangements have become popular, including 50/50 schedules where each parent has equal time with the children throughout the year.
You should set a schedule that you can keep. For example, if you have a job that involves a lot of travel, or if you and your spouse do not live in the same school district, then a 50/50 timesharing arrangement may not be best for you and your children.
Many judges do not like to try child custody and parenting time cases. Two parents have a flexible range of options available to them, while judges tend to follow a formula. Our experienced lawyers will help you and the other parent work out a schedule without court intervention or present your case to the court including the unique parenting time schedule that serves the best interests of your family.
Child custody and visitation arrangements can be modified after your divorce if there is a significant change in your circumstances that affect the best interests of your child. The attorneys at ALS can help you determine if custody modification is appropriate in your case, and if so, help you achieve the new parenting schedule that is right for your family.