Setting up a child custody plan is the first step when parents want to get a divorce. You and your spouse may be on good terms, or you might not be getting along very well right now. Regardless, it is your responsibility to come up with a plan that will work for your child and help them remain healthy and happy.
When setting up a custody plan, there are a few factors you need to consider. You should discuss:
- Where your child should live
- Which religion, if any, they should practice
- When you want to exchange custody
- Who your child can or cannot see
- Schooling information
- Medical information
These are just some of the topics to talk about because you want to have a custody plan that also has a strong parenting plan to refer back to.
How normal is it for parents to share custody?
Today, it’s extremely common for parents to share custody of their children. For example, parents may switch custody once a week to keep even schedules, or they may switch custody every few days. Judges usually prefer to see children have equal or substantial time with both parents because studies have shown that there are often better outcomes when that’s the case. However, if one parent doesn’t have as much time as the other, then having a custody schedule where the busier parent has the children less often would be totally normal.
On our website, you can learn more about child custody and everything that should go into a custody plan. Whether you and your spouse know what you want to do or you need help negotiating, there is support available.