When families separate in an Ohio divorce, children are often left to the mercy of their parents and the court to determine where they should reside. Although emotional and financial support from both parents is ideal, primary custody may be awarded to one parent. This means that the child will legally reside with the custodial parent, but has visitation with the non-custodial parent. In some cases, couples share custody, and the child spends equal amounts of time with both parents. Whatever the case may be, a parenting plan is established distinguishing where the child goes and when. At Hartley Law Office, LLC, we understand that this process can be emotional, but a parenting plan must be created with the child’s best interests in mind.
There are several factors that should be considered when developing a parenting plan. When making these decisions, it is best to think of which parent provides the best situation for the child. For example, which parent has access to the best school or learning opportunity for the child, and which parent resides in the best neighborhood for kids.
In addition, it is important to take into accounting driving time, and how far apart the parents live from one another. Is it more economical for the child to stay with one parent through the week and the other parent on the weekends? Holidays, vacations and spring breaks must also be scheduled into the parenting plan. Are there special arrangements for the child when they are involved in sports or have parties to attend?
To learn more about developing a parenting plan, visit our page on child custody.