Crafting the ideal child custody schedule

Some divorced Alaska parents might question whether their child custody arrangement is a proper one. The truth is that any custody arrangement is proper as long as it works for the parents and the child. Although a common arrangement sees the noncustodial parent visiting the children on alternating weekends, this is not the only one that can be devised. For instance, a child could visit with a noncustodial parent after school or one evening a week.

If a noncustodial parent has custody of the child for a weekend, it is possible that bringing the child back at 6 p.m. on Sunday doesn't work. In such a situation, parents could choose to keep custody through the beginning of the school day on Monday. After school, the child will return home to the custodial parent. Overnight visits can also be added to a custody schedule if it is convenient for the parents and child.

For parents who don't work a traditional schedule, a custody arrangement should reflect when they are available to care for their children. In some cases, one parent may have custody when the other has to work and isn't available to supervise a son or daughter. When that parent gets off of work, he or she can then spend time with the child.

Parents in Anchorage who are looking for help with a child custody case may want to consult with an attorney who can help to create a parenting plan that is in the child's best interest. If negotiations fail to create a proper custody arrangement, an attorney could represent a person in court. By pointing out a parent's fitness to raise a child, a judge may be inclined to make a ruling in that person's favor.

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