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How to create a parenting plan that works

When individuals in North Carolina or any other state get divorced, they will typically retain parental rights to their children. Ideally, parents will work together to create a plan that will form the basis for how decisions are made that impact their children. Assuming that it is practical, the plan should strive to divide parenting time on a 50/50 basis. By spending time with both parents, children feel as if they are loved and supported by both parents.

If possible, children should spend no more than two or three consecutive days with the same parent. This ensures that a child doesn’t have to go too long without seeing or communicating with an important person in his or her life. While a parent could always call or communicate with a child through text messages or emails, it might make the parent who has the minor feel uncomfortable.

Creating flexible parenting plans can help to ensure that work schedules will not interfere with the process of caring for a child. For instance, it may not be feasible for a parent who works in the morning to drop a son or daughter off at school. A flexible parenting plan could call for whoever works in the morning to pick the child up at school after a shift ends. Whatever the final plan looks like, it’s important that it looks out for the child’s best interests.

Generally speaking, the law prefers that parents have joint custody of their children whenever possible. However, if this is not possible, an individual may still have the right to regularly visit with or contact a son or daughter. In some cases, a parent may obtain legal custody to a child even if he or she does not get physical custody rights.