Custody Schedules in North Carolina

What all divorcing parents need to know:

When parents in North Carolina decide to divorce, they are faced with the difficult task of determining how to split parenting time and responsibilities. This is where custody schedules and parenting plans come into play.

Experiencing a divorce can be an overwhelming and taxing period for you and your entire family. The termination of a marriage can lead to a disordered and challenging phase of adaptation for both the parents and the children. To guarantee that both parents have opportunities to spend time with their children, we recommend  establishing a parenting plan. This is the best solution to tackle the various concerns that arise while parenting your children post-separation and divorce. 

Why a Custody Schedule is such an important document to plan

In North Carolina, custody schedules and parenting plans are often negotiated as part of the divorce or separation process. These documents outline the legal rights and responsibilities of each parent, as well as the specific schedule for when the child will be with each parent. The custody schedule can be as detailed or flexible as the parents desire, and it can be modified as the child’s needs change over time.

When creating a custody schedule, it is important for parents to consider the child’s age, developmental stage, and unique needs. Younger children may require more frequent transitions between households, while older children may benefit from longer stretches of time with each parent. In addition, parents should consider how school schedules, extracurricular activities, and holiday traditions will impact the custody schedule.

A parenting plan is a document that outlines each parent’s responsibilities for the child’s care, including decision-making authority for important issues such as education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. This plan should also address how the parents will communicate with each other regarding the child’s well-being, and how they will resolve disputes if they arise.

Should parents take a parenting program?

Look, we know that sometimes the last thing we want in life is some stranger telling us what’s best for us. When you’re fighting with someone you typically want one thing: to feel like you’re right. When it comes to negotiating something as important as a custody agreement, you might feel like all you want to hear is the other party say “Okay, fine, you’re right, let’s go with your plan.” As much as you want them to say that, it truly may not be what is best for your children. And, that’s where a parenting program might help clarify the difference between wants, desires, needs, and objectives while keeping the focus on your children.

During a divorce, emotions can run high and communications between the parents may be strained. Parent education programs can provide information and guidance on how to communicate effectively with each other, manage conflicts, and make decisions that are in the best interests of the children.

Another  key benefit of parent education programs is that they can help parents understand the impact of divorce on their children. This can help parents to be more sensitive to their children’s needs and feelings, and to make decisions that prioritize the well-being of their children.

Additionally, parent education programs provide practical tips and strategies for co-parenting. This may include things like setting up a co-parenting schedule, deciding on rules and expectations for both households, and managing transitions between homes.

While going through a divorce can be a difficult and emotional time, parent education programs  provide a supportive and educational environment for parents to learn how to co-parent effectively. By participating in these programs, parents can gain the skills and knowledge they need to support their children through the divorce process and beyond.

Seeking Mediation for custody agreements

Mediation can also help parents negotiate a custody agreement. During mediation, a neutral third party, known as a mediator, works with the parents to help them reach a mutually acceptable agreement. The mediator does not make decisions for the parents, but rather helps them to communicate effectively and find solutions that are in the best interests of their children. Mediation is mandatory if you have a courtcase about custody and optional if you are trying to work out custody before filing with the Court.

Let us craft a custody schedule that works for you

Our experienced Cary, NC divorce attorneys have helped many families navigate the process of divorce and understand the importance of a well-crafted parenting plan and custody schedule. We understand that every family is unique and has different needs and priorities, and we work closely with our clients to create a plan that is tailored to their specific situation.

Our attorneys can help you address important issues such as decision-making authority, parenting time, holiday schedules, and other considerations that are essential to ensuring a smooth transition for everyone involved. With our guidance and support, you can feel confident that your children’s best interests will be protected and that you will be able to successfully move forward as a family after your divorce.

If you’re facing a divorce and need help creating a parenting plan or custody schedule, our team of compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.