Parents in San Jose who are going through a divorce often opt for a traditional arrangement in 50-50 custody situations. This means that the children are at one parent’s house for one week before transitioning to the other’s for the next week. However, experts are beginning to advise that this is not the most effective schedule when it comes to the interests of the children.
When children are faced with an entire week away from one parent, they may experience negative effects such as separation anxiety. They can suffer with such long periods away from one parent.
Furthermore, the mechanics of this schedule can be challenging in more than one regard. If the parents do not get along well, they may not be able to have the frequent communication that is necessary when the children need to speak with the other parent. Moreover, the weekly arrangement is also challenging when it comes to the parent’s own work schedule.
Accordingly, experts are recommending that parents consider an arrangement where the children transition between parents more frequently. This could mean a change of location for the children every three or four days. Experts believe that this type of schedule can actually mean more stability for the children.
Parents who are interested in this type of arrangement may benefit from a consultation with a family law attorney. Parents might be able to amend an existing custody agreement if such a change is in the best interests of the children. In addition, those who are negotiating a new custody agreement should consider how the advice of an attorney may help the parties reach the best agreement for the children. An attorney might be able to suggest ideas for a creative resolution to the issue of a custody agreement that is difficult for parents to resolve.