When parents in Ohio go through a divorce, they need to determine what child custody arrangement is in the best interests of their children, as well as for their own schedules. First, parents should consider whether they want to split custody 50-50 or if they want one parent to be the primary caretaker. Then, parents should take into account other factors that may make it easier or harder to switch off between the two of them, such as where the parents live and where the kids go to school.
Generally speaking, it is not the best idea for parents to alternate custody every other week, as it can lead to separation anxiety for their children, especially younger ones. However, this schedule may work for some children if their parents are on good terms with each other and are willing to do things together with the kids during the week. A schedule that considers both custody and parenting time is important to ensure some continuity in the kids’ lives.
Other options that parents can consider if they want custody are the 2-3-3 and 3-4-4-3 schedules. Under either of these schedules, one parent would have the kids for four days one week and the other would have them for three days, then they would switch the following week. Parents who do not want equal custody can consider trading off on weekends or doing extended weekends with one parent, from Friday to Monday.
Going through a divorce is never easy, and the process can feel even more overwhelming when minor children are involved. Before going entering into any custody agreements, people should consider consulting with a family law attorney to discuss their goals.