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Tips for creating custody plans that work

142736906_s.jpgWhenever possible, courts in Kansas and throughout the country want parents to split custody of their children equally. In many cases, individuals assume that alternating weeks is the best way to allocate parenting time. However, children who spend too much time away from a parent could develop separation anxiety. It may also make them feel as if their parents don't love or care about them as much as they truly do.

Parents should consider whether having custody of a child for an entire week is feasible from a logistical standpoint. For example, it may be difficult to drop a child off at school each day or be around to pick them up afterward.

In most cases, the parent who doesn't have custody of the child for the week is allowed to maintain contact with that son or daughter. However, just because a parent can contact a child doesn't mean that it will happen peacefully. If parents don't get along with each other, simply calling a child could be the basis for a fight to occur. Fortunately, there are many different types of custody plans that parents can use to better suit their needs and the needs of their children. For instance, parents could alternate days or could have one parent have the child over the weekend while the other has custody on weekdays.

Parents who are trying to determine how to create a child custody schedule may want to seek the guidance of legal counsel. A family law attorney may provide insight into how to formulate a plan that might work for the parents and the children. Legal counsel may be able to review any child custody arrangement that is reached while working with a mediator or reached through private settlement talks.

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