Making Your Parenting Schedule Work for You

Making Your Parenting Schedule Work for You

By Frank Vendt |

Divorce is a journey through one complicated issue after another, but the issue that’s often most complicated and emotionally charged is child custody. When both of you have hectic work schedules, getting your parenting schedule right can be even more tricky. An experienced Katy, Texas divorce lawyer will help you sort through the details and come up with a schedule that works for you and your children. Taking the time to carefully consider the specifics of your parenting schedule can help make a difficult process go more smoothly for everyone involved. To schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer in Katy, Texas, call today at (832) 276-9474 or contact us online.

Standard Possession Schedule

The state of Texas has a standard possession schedule that addresses the non-primary parent’s time with the children. The primary parent is the parent with whom the children live most of the time. Often, the non-primary parent is awarded a standard child visitation schedule:

  • The first, third, and fifth weekends of each month
  • A Thursday evening (or overnight) every week during the school year
  • Thirty additional consecutive days during the summer
  • Every other Thanksgiving and Spring Break vacation
  • Mother’s Day or Father’s Day (as applicable)
  • Half of the winter break
  • Some parents adopt a 50/50 parenting schedule in which they split time with the kids down the middle. Every family is as unique as its family members, however, and no one schedule works for everyone. It can help, however, to consider the basics (as addressed by the standard child visitation schedule) when you’re creating your own schedule.

Location, Location, Location

Often the court will implement a geographic restriction that limits where the children will reside to the county in which they currently live and any contiguous county. This doesn’t work for every divorcing family, however, and it’s important to carefully consider any geographic restrictions that you may need to be implemented. An experienced divorce lawyer will help guide you through the process and will ensure that you are comfortable with the future ramifications of any applied geographic restrictions.

Flexibility is Key

As with everything in life, being flexible helps to keep things on an even keel. Divorce is usually difficult and emotional which means you’re probably not motivated to be particularly accommodating. When it comes to child custody, however, it’s best for everyone if you can devise a parenting schedule that you can live with comfortably – and then keep an open mind when it comes to tweaking that schedule over time. As your life evolves post-divorce, remaining flexible can help make your new normal more comfortable and peaceful for everyone – especially your children.

If You Have Child Custody Concerns, Contact an Experienced Katy, Texas, Divorce Lawyer Today

Concerns about child custody issues are extremely common to divorcing couples, and these issues often highly contested in an already highly emotional and usually adversarial process. You aren’t alone, however. Attorney Frank J. Vendt at The Vendt Law Firm, P.L.L.C., in Katy, Texas, is here to help. Mr. Vendt has the experience, skill, and knowledge to help you hammer out a child custody schedule that works for you. To schedule a consultation, please call our office at (832) 276-9474 today.