If you’re getting divorced, child custody is probably one of the most pressing topics on your mind – especially if you have young children.
Infants and toddlers require special consideration during a difficult time like divorce. It can be challenging to find an arrangement that works for the entire family.
Above all else, though, the health of your child or children should be your top priority. With that in mind, we’re going to discuss some of the best child custody arrangements for young children, and how to establish them with your ex-spouse.
Timesharing for Preschoolers
Preschoolers are kids between the ages of 3-5. Defining a parenting plan for children of this age is especially important, as they have unique needs parents must consider.
For example, preschoolers require more consistency and predictability than kids of many other ages, and a consistent routine will lessen the stress of the divorce for them. Additionally, preschoolers may struggle with overnight visitations and moving between homes, and will generally do better once they have a chance to settle in.
With these things in mind, here’s a timesharing guideline for parents of preschoolers:
Easy Access to Each Parent. Preschoolers need both parents in their life. No matter how difficult your divorce may be for you, it’s critically important that you provide easy access between your ex-spouse and the child. This means establishing telephone access to the absent parent at reasonable times and for reasonable durations. And making it easy for the child to see your ex-spouse.
No Negative Comments. Young kids are like sponges, and they’ll soak up everything they hear. With this in mind, avoid making negative comments about the other parent within hearing distance of the child.
Customized Schedules. You have many different scheduling options that will work for a 3-5-year-old. Depending on your work schedule and needs, you can implement an “every extended weekend schedule” or a 5-2 schedule. Visit this resource for a breakdown of those and other options.
The Kids are Your Priority
Divorce is an upsetting, emotionally-charged time, and it’s hard to navigate it gracefully. When you have young children, though, doing so becomes essential. Young children often feel very responsible for the divorces of their parents and will internalize anger, grief, and blame if you as adults exhibit it.
To avoid this, you have to work with your ex-spouse to keep your kids top-of-mind as you go through your divorce. Because the courts will treat each case differently, it can be wise to work with a Family Law Attorney. Your Attorney will help you navigate the system and do what’s best for your family.
Here at MGM Law, P.A., our team of family law attorneys will work with you to help you find a solution for your child custody arrangement in Pensacola, Florida. Contact us today to learn more about each lawyer on our team, and to schedule your consultation.