Your child custody plan is an important factor in your parenting relationship because it sets the guidelines for what is acceptable and what will happen. There are several things that need to be included in the agreement, so you need to be prepared to have some discussions with your ex about what to include.
Sometimes, the most contentious matter in these cases is the schedule. The general schedule that you will follow most of the year might not be a problem at all. The issue that might come up is the vacation plan. When both parents want to have the children on the same holidays, things can be difficult. In those cases, you might have to alternate years so that both parents have a chance.
It might also be possible to think about when each parent is doing things that the child might enjoy. For example, if one side of the family usually celebrates Christmas Eve and the other celebrates Christmas, it might make sense that the child gets to go to both celebrations each year. In some cases, it is better to take each year individually, but this will only work if you can get along with your ex and do what's best for the children.
We know that coming up with the schedule is probably going to take a lot of work. In some cases, special circumstances might make it even more difficult. Creative custody arrangements are the hallmark of some parenting plans because they ensure the child can spend quality time with both parents. We can help you to determine if this is possible in your case.