How Child Time-Sharing Can Help Newly Divorce Parents in the Summer
For parents who end up filing for divorce, deciding how to handle arrangements regarding your children can be challenging. At any time of the year, it can take months simply to adjust to a child time sharing plan. It also takes plenty of practice in learning how to adjust to living in a one parent home while still providing for your child. During the summer months in particular there are unique obstacles you are likely to face. The following offers some simple tips to help you through the process.
Making Child Time Sharing Arrangements
In divorce cases involving parents, the court aims at encouraging both parties to remain active and involved in their children’s lives. As a result, Section 61.13 of the Florida Statutes provides guidelines to follow in terms of creating child time sharing plans. For these plans to work, both parties have to be willing to lay aside some of their personal differences. It is important to recognize that just because your marriage did not work out, the other person can still be a good parent. Qualities you will need in order to be successful include:
- Willingness to compromise when appropriate;
- Dedication to keeping up with your end of any agreements made;
- Patience in handling unexpected events and changes in plans.
One of the benefits of child time sharing arrangements is that they can help you get through that first hectic summer when you are still adjusting to your divorce.
Factoring Summer Into Your Parenting Plan
When raising children in a two parent home, you may have opted to take a leave of absence, relying on your spouse’s income to meet bills and expenses. During divorce, financial circumstances may require that you return to the workforce. Even if you were able to balance a full time career and a family, you will still need to learn how to adjust to now being the only adult in the home.
This can prove challenging over summer school breaks. While it means less homework and more relaxed schedules, it also means your child will be unattended to during the day. In addition to making plans for daycare or summer camps, depending on their age, you can address some of the issues you are likely to face through your parenting plan. This includes:
- Spending increased time with the other parent;
- Making adjustments in pick up and drop off times after visits;
- Factoring in summer vacations and other plans either you or the other parent have;
- Relying on other family members, such as grandparents on either side, to help offset the extra attention your child will need during these months.
Let Us Assist You with Your Case
Child time sharing plans are ordered through the court, meaning that changes are not easy to make. To ensure these arrangements work, it is important to have an experienced Fort Lauderdale child custody and timesharing attorney guiding you through the process. To find out how we can help in this situation, contact attorney Vanessa L. Prieto and request a consultation today.