Separation and divorce are a milestone in the family life cycle.
One of the most urgent issues to address when parents separate is the parenting schedule and allocation of each parent’s responsibility for the children.
Whatever the historical parenting may have been, it will differ after separation.
While you are still cohabiting with your ex-partner, Benmor Family Law Group can assist by creating a parenting schedule in the early stages of separation.
A Parenting Plan outlines where and who your children will live with and many aspects of life in two homes. The earlier you resolve the division of parental time and responsibilities, the sooner your children will become accustomed to the new routines and feel more stable. A smooth transition to living apart in two homes will provide the foundation for a stable parent-child relationship and good health to your children, physically and emotionally.
There are many factors that must be considered when developing a Parenting Plan. Whether it be safety concerns, the children’s daily routines, parental conflict, new partners, religious considerations, dietary restrictions, holidays and summer, travel, relocation or decision-making authority, parents require customized divorce advice from an expert, and an advocate to ensure the right outcome.
The process begins by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each parent and their availability to accommodate the children’s schedule. Time needs to be divided between the parents before school, after school, on weekends and on holidays.
Even so, Parenting Plans are created at a moment in time. But things change. Children grow older. Your work life changes. You move homes. The children’s needs change. Parenting Plans created at separation need to be updated.
There once was a time that the terms used after separation to care for children were ‘custody’ and ‘access’. Times have changed and so have the laws. The focus is on the children’s needs. Decisions need to be made to ensure that their lives are safe, stable and healthy. There are many important decisions that affect your children’s lives such as education, religion, medical care and extracurricular activities.
The time of separation is often confusing and stressful. That is why the clients of Benmor Family Law Group prefer to rely on them to guide them through this difficult life stage. The divorce professionals at Benmor Family Law Group will obtain an understanding of your unique family situation and the specific needs of your children before recommending solutions.
Leveraging 30 years’ worth of experience at Benmor Family Law Group, our priority is to understand your specific needs as your family transitions through this stage. We will help you establish a new routine as a separated parent and ensure that your children’s best interests are the primary concern.