Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Discusses the Importance of Creating a Parenting Schedule Early on in Divorce Proceedings

When you begin thinking about getting a divorce, it is only natural to wonder how you will go about it. If you have children, it may seem like divorcing will be even more complicated, because so much of your family’s daily schedule may revolve around parents sharing both household and child care responsibilities. Fortunately, families can adapt to the changes that divorce brings. One way to help your family have as smooth of a transition from living in a single household to living in two households is to create a parenting schedule as soon as possible, perhaps, even before one of you moves out of the family home and into new living quarters.

Depending upon the circumstances of your divorce, it may seem like a parenting schedule won’t be needed early on, because the kids will remain in the marital home with one parent, while the other moves out. However, the relationships that the children have with the parent who is moving out of the marital home are important, to both the parent and to the children. Children thrive when they experience stability, and while you may think that you are providing that by having them remain in the home that they are accustomed to living in, staying in the same school, and attending their usual activities, there is additional stability that can be provided in the form of spending time with each parent.

In addition to giving children much needed stability, spending time with each parent throughout the divorce process gives them tangible reinforcement of something that they cannot be reminded of too many times – that the divorce is about their parents, and not at all about them. Whenever possible, it is a good idea for parents to create a parenting schedule before one of them leaves the home, so that they can discuss it with the children at the same time that they discuss the divorce, and that one parent will be moving into another residence. Children like to know what to expect, and while it will undoubtedly be difficult for them to experience one parent moving out of their home, knowing where that parent is going and when they can expect to see them again can make it a little bit easier.

If you are a parent who is considering divorce, it may be helpful for you to speak with a Mississippi Family Law Attorney as you prepare to file for divorce. Your attorney can help you to understand the process of divorce, and what you and your children are likely to experience at each stage of the process. They can also help you work through all of the issues that are related to your divorce, including child custody. Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Matthew S. Poole has helped many divorcing parents obtain results that work well for themselves and for their families. Please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Discusses the Importance of Creating a Parenting Schedule Early on in Divorce Proceedings
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Mississippi Child Custody Attorney discusses reasons for having a parenting schedule.

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