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Custody schedules should reflect what’s best for your kids

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2022 | Child Custody

In the state of Texas, both parents are generally allowed to have custody of their kids. Of course, it’s important to understand that a custody schedule needs to be predicated on what your children need as opposed to what you want. Take a look at some factors that you might need to consider when creating such a plan.

How old are your kids?

Babies and toddlers may benefit from spending the majority of their time with one parent or in one household. In many cases, it’s best for a young infants to stay close to their mother until old enough to eat solid food on their own. This may mean that you have to cede parenting time in the interest of doing what is best for your son or daughter. It’s also important to note that teens may want to spend more time with their friends, which means that you may again consider ceding parenting time to do what is best for them.

What’s your schedule like?

If you work unusual hours, it may not be a good idea to insist on a 50/50 child custody split. Instead, you may want to ask to have custody on weekends when it may be easier to arrange longer visits. Alternatively, you could ask for custody on your days off, school breaks or other times when it makes sense to have your children stay with you.

Parents generally want to spend as much time with their children as possible regardless of how they feel about their former partners. However, any custody plan that you create must take your kids’ needs into account even if it means agreeing to less than a 50/50 split in parenting time.