Raising a child in separate homes after a divorce or separation comes with its share of challenges, some of which arise from differences in approaches to parenting and discipline. A well-crafted parenting time schedule helps overcome some of these challenges by assuring predictability and consistency for both the parents and children. A good schedule also gives both parents the chance to stay actively involved with their child, which can benefit the child’s development, academic success and overall mental health.
In Michigan, parents have great freedom to work out a parenting time plan that makes sense for their family. Parents and their attorneys can negotiate fitting arrangements without the need to go to court. If needed, the parties may bring in a third-party mediator, a neutral person who helps facilitate discussions but does not make any decisions. Reaching an out-of-court agreement is the best route for most couples, as it reduces the amount of conflict and stress that comes with child custody cases in court. It can also save a great deal of money compared to litigation.
When you are preparing to create a parenting schedule, consider factors like these:
Remember, creating a Michigan parenting time schedule is about doing what’s best for your children. Don’t try to use parenting time as revenge against the other parent.
If you would like to discuss parenting time schedules and how a Michigan lawyer can help you create one, call 833-671-4445 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at Dawson Family Law, PLLC. My office is conveniently located in Sterling Heights.