It's no secret that it is beneficial for children to have both parents in their lives. This is why the Jefferson County Court prefers to share parental responsibilities and parenting time in Child Custody cases - because it is generally in the best interest of the child. Unfortunately, there are situations where one parent is absent from their child's life for a significant amount of time. Sometimes, it's because of bad choices (i.e. criminal behavior, drug use, etc.) and sometimes it's because of parental alienation and bad mouthing that made you back off from spending time with your kids. Regardless of the reasons why, it is possible to connect with your kids again and re-establish your child custody agreement and parenting time.
Whether you are just separating or preparing to divorce your spouse, child custody and a parenting plan are important aspects to work out. Working together to create a detailed plan will reduce the chance fights and confusion later - as it is all laid out for you in writing. So, where do you begin? Here is a list of the most important things to consider when creating your parenting schedule.