Is your school year custody schedule working as well as possible?

The summer has ended and school bells are ringing to summon children back to class. If you're a parent, life is very different once school starts up. In addition to school, your children may have music lessons, team sports or any number of other activities vying for their time. This means that your schedule will alter to accommodate their itineraries.

And if you are sharing custody with your child's other parent, your custody or visitation schedule will likely change as well. And even if your parenting agreement already has a schedule established for the school year, you still may want to assess whether it is working as well as it could.

When assessing your schedule, you need to consider your children's needs, as well as your needs and the needs of your ex. Insofar as your children are concerned, their lives can change drastically every year.

Perhaps your son was a Boy Scout in elementary school and had meetings once a week, but now he is on the middle school basketball team and has practice or a game nearly every day. Clearly, he will require very different transportation arrangements, which must be adjusted for.

As the school year progresses, you want to keep communications open with your child's other parent. Find out how he or she is handling the schedule. Have a meeting of the minds to decide what, if any, changes should be made. If you work together, it is quite possible you can develop a time-sharing schedule that is effective for the two of you and your children.

But remember, any modifications you make must be approved by the court. As such, you may want to enlist the services of a Florida family law attorney to help you get the changes you want. The attorney can act on your behalf to demonstrate that your request is in your children's best interests.

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