One of the most important parts of the divorce proceeding will be establishing a parental contact schedule. Both parents, during this process, will often think about the “here and now” when creating the schedule. However, other issues such as lifestyle changes and the age and activity level of the child must be taken into consideration for the present and future contact schedule.
Facts to Consider When Creating a Contact Schedule
- Creating A Set Schedule – It is always better to have a set schedule that both parents must follow, regardless of other things occurring in their lives. This ensures that the child is placed first before either parent and that the child has stability in their life.
- Look At Current Contact Levels – Both parents should review their contact level with the child during their marriage and use this as a basis after the marriage is dissolved. This can establish who has more contact and why. This also places the child’s best interest first.
- Frequent And Continuing Contact– It is always the presumption of the Court that the child should have frequent and continuing contact with the child or children after the divorce. If one of the parents decide that this is not good for the child they must show positive proof why the child would be harmed mentally, emotionally, or physically from constant contact with the other parent. Visitations may be approved under supervised conditions if there is a chance for harm to the child.
- Involvement in All Areas of a Child’s Life – When creating a schedule, both parents should take into consideration that children are active in school and sports and have friends. Both parents should be required to help with school projects, at different times of course, attend or support school functions, and interact with the friends of the child. Both parents have the responsibility to divide up recreational time and holidays in a way that is beneficial to the child and not to themselves.
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Going through a divorce is never easy and is usually very emotional. Both sides of the divorce feel anger, frustration, and pain. It is easy to allow these emotions to overwhelm the divorce process and make things difficult for each other. These emotions, however, must be placed on the side when it comes to caring for the children. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Janice M Palmer, P.C. understand that this is a difficult time for everyone so they approach each case with compassion and professionalism. If you need help with a divorce, call 480.820.4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 and speak to a Phoenix divorce attorney today.