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Factors to consider when allocating parenting time

On Behalf of | May 6, 2024 | Family Law |

Divorce or separation can have a significant impact on family dynamics, especially when it comes to parenting arrangements.

When determining parenting time, several factors need careful consideration to ensure the well-being and stability of the children involved.

Child’s best interest

The primary consideration of parenting time allocation is the best interest of the child. You and the courts should prioritize their physical, emotional and psychological needs. Any decision regarding parenting time should maintain a healthy and nurturing environment for your children to thrive.

Relationship with each parent

When judges evaluated the cases of the 989,518 couples that divorced in 2022, those with children received special attention. Assessing the quality of the parent-child bond helps determine appropriate parenting time arrangements that support your children’s ongoing connection with you and your former spouse.

Stability and routine

Children thrive on stability and routine. Consistency in their daily lives helps them feel secure and grounded. When allocating parenting time, consider how the proposed schedule will impact your children’s routines, including school, extracurricular activities and social engagements.

Parental cooperation, availability and capability

A cooperative approach fosters a healthy co-parenting relationship and minimizes conflict. Also, carefully evaluate factors such as work schedules, living arrangements and caregiving.

Child’s preferences

Your children may have preferences regarding their living arrangements. While their wishes should not override other factors, you should consider their opinions and feelings when determining parenting time to demonstrate respect for their autonomy and foster a sense of empowerment.

Geographical considerations

Consider proximity to school, extracurricular activities and support networks to minimize disruptions to the child’s life. Ensure their convenient access to you both.

Parenting time decisions are never easy, and they can change over time as your lives and the lives of your children change. Stay flexible and remember that your child’s wellbeing is most important.