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Examining the Most Commonly Used Parenting Plans

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Wheaton parenting plan attorneysStudies show that children often fare best in a divorce when both parents remain in their lives. Parents can accomplish this with a well-devised parenting plan. How do you go about creating one of these? What works for most families? What will work for you? Keep reading to learn more about the most common parenting plans used in divorce, and how they can be customized to suit your family’s needs. 

Alternating Schedules 

Of all the different parenting plans, the alternating schedule is the most common and traditional. It involves the child spending uninterrupted time with one parent for a period (two days, three days, one week, two weeks, etc.) and then the other. There may even be mid-week visits or mid-week overnights for one or both parents. 

The time does not have to be equal. Children may spend two weeks with one parent and then one with the other, or a week with one parent and then just a weekend with the other. There is no right or wrong here. Just what works best for your family. 

Shared Parenting Plans 

In a shared parenting plan, the parents strive for a near equal split in their time with the child. Again, the plan is customizable. Each parent could have the child for a week and switch. Or they may have a plan where the child switches homes several times throughout the week. The decision is up to you. 

Researchers say this is one of the most beneficial parenting plans for children (so long as the relationships are healthy). However, it is important for parents to carefully consider how often is too often when it comes to their child switching homes. It is also important to note that this type of plan may not work for every family; there is a great deal of planning required to ensure the child is picked up from school and makes it to social obligations. 

Birdnesting Parenting Plans 

Though still a relatively new parenting plan, birdnesting parenting plans have become quite popular. They involve keeping the child in the same home while the parents move in and out. Therapists and advocates say it gives the child a sense of stability. Keep in mind that this plan takes a lot of work, and the issues that caused your marriage to end may still be an issue while using this parenting plan. It is only suggested as a temporary solution for parents that can look past their own issues to meet the needs of their child. 

Our Wheaton Family Law Attorneys Can Help You Choose a Parenting Plan 

There are many factors that go into determining which parenting plan may be most suitable for your family. Davi Law Group, LLC understands this. We recognize that every situation is unique. Seasoned and experienced, our DuPage County family law attorneys will work hard to help you find a parenting time solution that fits your family’s needs. Call 630-580-6373 and schedule your personalized consultation to get started. 


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