Many courts prefer awarding joint custody to parents after a divorce. The reason is simple; barring instances of abuse or neglect, it is thought to be in the best interest of the child at the center of a custody dispute to maintain a healthy, loving relationship with both parents.

However, custody arrangements can look and function differently for every family. Our family law team at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC will help you navigate the custody process and develop an agreement that works well for your entire family.

Understanding the Different Types of Custody

There’s a difference between physical and legal custody, and it’s important for parents to understand these differences at the outset. Physical custody refers to where the child lives the majority of time the time. With joint physical custody, a child would split his or her time between both parents equally.

There is also legal custody. This refers to which parent has the legal authority to make major decisions on behalf of their child. Decisions can involve schooling, medical care, religious worship, and many other areas. When parents share legal custody, both have an equal say in the child’s life.

How to Develop a Joint Parenting Plan

You and your ex will need to submit a parenting plan to the court as a condition of your divorce. Effective plans contain essential information, including:

  • Timesharing Arrangement – Can be daily or weekly, depending on the logistics. Some parents may even opt for a monthly arrangement if it best suits their needs.
  • How Disputes Will Be Resolved – Issues are bound to come up. Having a system in place for addressing and resolving disputes ensures easy resolution.
  • Holiday Scheduling – Parents sometimes trade off on holidays with their kids. In other cases, one parent may request certain holidays or ask for time during the summer for vacation.
  • Other Considerations – You should also include things like the child’s current school, the name of their doctor, after school activities, etc. Writing out any conditions which should trigger a review and/or modification of the parent schedule is also beneficial.

How to Proceed With Your Parenting Plan

Whether you’re in agreement with your former spouse about a custody arrangement or are facing disputes, a family law attorney can help. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC provides skilled, compassionate legal service to our clients during the most difficult times in their lives.

Call 505.832.3411 today to schedule a free consultation with a child custody attorney. You can also contact us for more information.

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