Child custody and visitation plans for divorced parents do not have to look the way they did in the past. Every family is different, and every family can craft a parenting plan that works for them.
A typical parenting plan in the past would likely give primary residential custody to one parent, usually the mother. The father would typically have overnight visits on alternate weekends and alternate holidays. Here are some examples of nontraditional parenting plans:
- Parents share 50-50 child custody, with each parent having residential custody on alternate days or alternate weeks.
- A parent who works nights has custody of children during the day, while a parent who works days has custody of children at night.
- One parent has custody of children during the school year, while the other parent has custody during the summer.
- One parent has custody during the week while the other parent has custody during two-day or three-day weekends.
- Household pets travel with the child during visits.
- Parents add a midweek evening visit to their time-sharing plan.
- A parent who lives in another state has visitation via Skype combined with longer visits during the summer and school breaks.
You and your ex can create a parenting plan that works for your schedules and your lives. Once you create a plan, you would submit it to the judge for approval.
If you find that the parenting plan you created at time of your divorce no longer works, you can obtain a modification of your parenting plan order.