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Tips for creating a reasonable parenting schedule

Kentucky parents who are going through a divorce will need to create a plan for raising their children. This plan should work to keep both parents involved in the child's life as much as possible. Doing so can show a child how adults work together for the good of those they love. When creating such a plan, it is important that the kids experience as little confusion as possible.

This means that parents should account for transportation issues that could arise now and in the future. It could also mean making sure that the child maintains a relationship with a preferred babysitter. Depending on how old the child is, he or she may be able to provide some input into a parenting plan. While parents don't to agree with all of the suggestions, it can help the child feel like he or she is heard and respected.

When developing a parenting plan, one shouldn't focus on winning an argument or extracting the most concessions. Instead, it's important to focus on the best interests of the children. This is true even if some aspects of the plan aren't necessarily convenient to carry out. Ideally, both parents will be willing to compromise for the good of their kids.

The child's best interests will generally be the top priority in any custody or visitation arrangement. Therefore, a custodial parent may need to allow for the noncustodial parent to play a role in a child's life. This could mean allowing regular overnight visits or generous visitation rights during school breaks. A legal representative could help a parent craft a plan that protects his or her rights while making sure that the child is properly cared for.

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