When people in Massachusetts decide to divorce, they may wonder how best to share parenting duties. Child custody issues can be some of the most emotionally draining aspects of a divorce, even when the parents are amicable and plan to split custody. In most cases, both parents want to maintain a high level of involvement with their children although the schedule and plan may vary greatly depending on employment schedules. It may make more sense for one parent to have primary physical custody and the other visitation or for both parents to share physical custody.
Negotiating a parenting plan and a clear child custody agreement can be one of the most important aspects of reaching a divorce settlement. A parenting plan lays out the agreements between the parents about how they will raise their children. In most cases, this involves plans for decision-making and child-related expenses as well as a custody schedule for sharing time with the children. If both parents live close enough to one another that their kids can comfortably attend the same school each day, couples may opt for a 50/50 joint custody plan in which the kids spend roughly the same amount of time with each parent.
Many people like this kind of plan because of the high level of involvement with each parent, but the schedule itself may be challenging for some people. Kids may not want to go a whole week without one parent, and work schedules and care plans can be complicated. Families may opt for different choices like mid-week switches or biweekly custody changes.
When dealing with a divorce, reaching a fair agreement on child custody can be one of the most important priorities for any parent. A family law attorney may help a divorcing spouse to negotiate a parenting plan that works for their family.