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Splitting custody and parenting time after a divorce

Following a divorce, getting back to a normal life can be difficult for everyone involved. While many parents in Massachusetts will have to learn to cope with limited custody time, the children may have a harder time adjusting to the fact that their one household suddenly became two. However, there are some ways that parents can help their kids adjust.

When parents are creating a custody schedule, they should keep the family in mind as the schedule could have a major impact on their kids' day-to-day lives. Traveling back and forth multiple times throughout the week can make it difficult for children to have social lives or be involved in extracurricular activities. On the other hand, the kids need the ability to spend enough time with the other parent. Therefore, seeing that parent once or twice a month may not be enough.

If the kids are old enough, it may be helpful for parents to involve them in making decisions about the custody schedule. This gives them a potential say in how they will be spending their time. If the children are too young to help make decisions, parents should consider their kids' activities and any potential needs that they may have.

The process of determining which parent will get custody on which days can be difficult, especially if both parties are used to spending all or most of their time with the children. If parents are not able to work together, a family law attorney could provide valuable legal guidance. The attorney may work to demonstrate that the client is fully capable of caring for the children.

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