Formulating a workable parenting plan is one of the more difficult parts of a divorce. For Illinois parents who are trying to come to a solution that is satisfactory to both sides, it is important to think about the factors involved. Some concepts might seem sound at the start, but may not be practically effective.
Parents who seek to alternate weeks with the child could find that it is a challenge to make it work. Any co-parenting plan will try to ensure the parents have sufficient time with the child, share in decision-making and address expenses related to the child’s upbringing. Experts suggest that the preferred template is for parents to share custody 50/50. A viable schedule is key.
Alternating weeks might seem simple. However, it can have a negative impact on the child. It keeps the child from seeing the other parent for a full week. This can lead to detachment and anxiety. In many family law cases, the parents have lingering animosity. Parents who do not get along could have disagreements due to the amount of contact needed when alternating weeks. Scheduling might be difficult. If, for example, one parent is unable to bring the child to school on time or cannot find a suitable plan for the child to be watched after school, problems can arise. This type of plan is especially problematic for children younger than 12.
Other schedules may be preferable to alternating weeks. The parents should be flexible and consider the best interests of the child. When thinking about how to organize a parenting plan or address any other matter related to family law, it may be beneficial to have legal advice from the start. Calling for a consultation and representation might help with child custody and visitation.