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Make realistic schedules for spending time with children

Child custody agreements are important documents in thousands of relationships across Kentucky. Once an agreement is in place, it is time to come up with a schedule that not only fits your life, but also your children's lives. It also needs to be as realistic as possible. Here are some tips for you to follow when creating the schedule.

Your children have to come first when making this schedule. You need to consider their school schedule, after school activities, relationships with friends, doctor appointments and much more. You also cannot make a schedule simply to get back at your former spouse.

Logistics are very important when putting together a parenting time schedule. Think about this: If you and your former spouse live hours apart, an overnight visit in the middle of the week and the middle of the school year is not going to work for your child.

Plan for vacation time. Even if you don't go anywhere on vacation with the kids, both parents are entitled to vacation time. Think about this when creating a schedule. Make sure you can get time off from work before committing to anything.

You need to be as flexible as possible when making the calendar. You also need to be specific. Don't expect your former spouse to read your mind. That likely didn't work during the marriage.

Parenting time is precious, especially when you don't have joint custody of your children. Make sure you are not overshooting your goal of being with your children. Take everything in your life into consideration when creating a parenting schedule, so you do not disappoint yourself or your children.

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