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How should you set up your parenting schedule?

Getting enough parenting time is something may people worry about as they go through divorce. Parenting time is important because it gives you a chance to bond with your child. It gives you the opportunity to grow as a family and to share in raising your children.

In most states, the courts want to see parents split parenting time around 50-50. That means that if you have your children for four days one week, you might only see them three the next. Of course, not all people use a 50-50 schedule. Others might use a 5-2 schedule, so that one parent has the children during the school week and another on the weekends, an alternating 5-2 schedule where the parent with the children during the school week swaps each week, or some other schedule that works well for everyone involved.

When you plan for parenting time, you should remember that quality is more important than quantity. For example, if the other parent wants to keep your children through the school week, they may still only see the children in the afternoon and nights, since they'll be at work at other times. If you're a parent who doesn't work on the weekends, then all of that time can be spent with your kids without thinking about work or other obligations.

Choosing a parenting schedule may require you to be flexible, and it might require creative thinking. Fortunately, your attorney will be able to help you set up a schedule that works for you and your children, so you can rest easy knowing you'll be in their lives.

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