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How to balance 50/50 child custody with school demands

Quite a few Texas couples will consider equally dividing parenting time as part of their divorce. While kids are still small, this arrangement can be easier to manage. Once children reach school age, however, their schedules and responsibilities become far more complex. Parents who want to equally share child custody must be ready and willing to work together to make sure that their children are able to maintain positive performance at school.

Communication is key to a successful shared parenting outcome. Both parents must be committed to working out scheduling details and communicating on school matters. Kids should have similar school-related routines at both houses, so that they have a degree of consistence in regard to homework, study habits and organization. This can cut down on missed deadlines, frustrated last-minute cramming and misplaced work.

Another issue relates to logistics. As kids grow older, they often want to be a part of after-school activities. Some will need tutoring, others might want to play sports or be part of extracurricular clubs. Co-parents have to work together to make sure that their child is receiving adequate stimulation, while avoiding becoming stretched too thin. It is also common for parents to need flexibility within the existing custody schedule, so that kids can get to their school and other activities on time and with plenty of rest.

Truly shared child custody is appealing as a concept, but this structure does not always work out in practice. Before signing on to a 50/50 custody split, both Texas parents should give considerable time and thought to whether they are able and willing to engage in a high level of cooperation with each other for the remainder of their child's school years. If that seems like a high hurdle to cross, then a different custody arrangement might be in order.

Source: popsugar.com, "Navigating a 50/50 Custody Agreement", Laura Lifshitz, Jan. 11, 2016

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