Determining what kind of physical child custody arrangements are right for you will depend on various factors. For example, you’ll want to determine what arrangements are best for your child. You’ll also need to consider both parent’s work schedules. Let’s look at these two issues in more detail.
What’s right for your child?
Some children do well with shared physical custody arrangements in which they live half the time with one parent and half the time with the other parent. These arrangements may be particularly difficult for children who are toddlers and younger and easier for older children.
Also, certain children might not do well emotionally when they divide their time between two homes. Assess your child carefully to determine his or her temperaments and needs and stay flexible. You may be able to graduate your child to joint living arrangements as he or she gets a little bit older.
What’s right for you and your ex’s work schedules?
When two spouses have 9-to-5 jobs, it will be fairly easy to navigate joint physical custody arrangements. However, if one parent is frequently traveling for long stretches of time, joint physical custody could be impossible.
If you and your spouse have strange or incompatible work schedules, staying open-minded and flexible is key. Ultimately, you’ll want to achieve a balance with your parenting plan that supports your child’s loving connection with both of his or her parents. This should be achievable no matter what work schedule the parents happen to have.
By learning as much as you can about the various parenting plans and child custody arrangements White Plains parents use, you’ll be able to determine the most appropriate solution that fits you and your family’s needs.