Shared Custody Calendar
Child custody is a very sensitive subject. Any determination of custody that is different from how a family previously interacted before a divorce will be very awkward and difficult to handle at first. There are many tools and resources that can help to alleviate the difficult task of organizing and getting used to your new custody order. One tool that has proven to be extremely effective is a shared custody calendar.
What is shared custody and why do I need a calendar?
Shared custody is often also referred to as joint custody. If shared custody and all of it’s details can be agreed upon by both co-parents outside of court, a judge will typically allow it without a hearing. Shared custody can be applied to both legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the important decision-making rights and responsibilities for the child. This includes but is not limited to decisions regarding education, religion, and health issues. Physical custody refers to the primary caretaking rights and responsibilities for the child including providing the child with food, clothing, and shelter. Both of these types of custody must be defined in a parenting plan. Shared custody means that custody is shared between both co-parents. We still have not answered the question of why a shared custody calendar is necessary but don’t worry; we’re getting to that.
Why is a shared custody calendar necessary?
A shared custody calendar is necessary for co-parents in more ways than one. First of all, a shared custody calendar makes every detail of your custody agreement clear and easy to understand. No matter how confusing your shared custody order may be, it is easy to implement when everything is clearly spelled out for you in an organized shared custody calendar. You could even color code your calendar to make it even easier to follow! Make each color represent a different member of your family, including the kids. This means that everyone has their own calendar and can also see what the whole family is doing at the same time. This also means that there is less room for error since all events are on one calendar for everyone in the family to see. There are no more excuses for missed events and visitations because everyone is able to see what’s coming up.
The real benefits of a shared custody calendar
There are a lot of obvious benefits of a shared custody calendar like the ones that were previously mentioned, but there are also hidden benefits that will really make your family stronger in the long run. All of the surface benefits of a shared custody calendar help to promote the health and wellbeing of your children. The reason why all of the benefits on a shared custody calendar are focused on making the lives of you and your co-parent easier is so that any chance of conflict between you and your co-parent will be greatly reduced, which also reduces the chance of your children being exposed to that conflict. This type of conflict between co-parents can be very mentally and emotionally damaging to young children.
The OurFamilyWizard website® has been providing co-parenting families with the tools a resources that they need for setting up and maintaining a share custody calendar. One of the best features of the tools that the OurFamilyWizard website® offer is that they are all accessible through the Internet. This makes their shared custody calendar extremely convenient and easy to use. For more information on how the OurFamilyWizard website® can help you and your co-parent with setting up and maintaining a shared custody calendar please visit the Divorce Parenting page.