If you are a parent who is in the process of ending a marriage, you have many important issues with which to contend. If you are planning to share custody of your children with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you will be facing a whole new world regarding scheduling. Whereas you and your ex could previously make plans involving the children on the fly, now you will have to adhere to the arrangements that were of your design or were designated by the court.
If it is at all possible, you and your former spouse should strive to create your own custody agreement. One reason this is preferable is because the two of you have the best understanding of your needs and the needs of your children. When you sit down to work on your schedule, there some things you need to carefully consider.
One of the first things that both parents should look at is their prior commitments and schedules. While you may want to have as much time as possible with your children, be careful not to overextend yourself and create a custody agreement that is impossible to maintain.
Above all, you want an agreement that best serves the interests and well-being of the children. This means that you should think about their commitments and activities. Additionally, each child's age and personality can figure largely into the kind of schedule they can accommodate.
Creating an effective child custody schedule can be a challenge, but it is very doable when parents cooperate. It can also be beneficial to have a family law attorney assist in the process. An attorney can bring his or her experience in handling such matters to the table and not only provide guidance but also help see to it that the interests of you and your children are properly addressed.