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Drafting a suitable co-parenting visitation schedule

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2023 | Child Custody

When parents in Arkansas separate, a primary concern is typically to ensure the well-being of their children. Children benefit the most when both parents remain involved in their lives. So many parents these days choose to co-parent after a separation. A visitation schedule is important for this type of child custody arrangement. Here are some recommendations when drafting a co-parenting visitation schedule. 

Start modestly 

It is typically best to begin with a modest schedule in mind that all parties can agree on, then build up from there. A good example would be parents alternating weekends in combination with one mid-week visit. Then, visitations could transition to an overnight stay midweek or add in an extra day to the beginning or end of a weekend.  

Consistency and flexibility 

As important as consistency is in a visitation schedule, flexibility is just as important, if not more so. Last-minute schedule changes and emergencies are guaranteed to pop up at some point. To make a co-parenting arrangement work, both parents need to stay consistent in their timing but also flexible and understanding with each other. 

Put it in writing 

After coming to an agreement on a suitable schedule, the next step is to formally put it in writing. This will help both parents to stick to the routine. A formal visitation schedule and parenting plan will allow parents to establish standards about communication, pick-ups and drop-offs and work schedules. 

Remember, it is important for the children to spend time with both parents. Creating a suitable visitation schedule can be confusing. Parents in Arkansas may want to seek legal counsel before making concrete decisions. A seasoned family law attorney can answer questions and help parents understand the laws and guidelines surrounding child custody.