On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group posted in blog on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Florida readers know that for many parents, the most difficult aspect of a divorce is deciding how it will impact the children. Custody and visitation are some of the most emotionally challenging and complex issues to address when a marriage is over, and for some families, traditional arrangements do not always work.
It is becoming more common for families to choose nontraditional custody arrangements. While your custody situation may be rather straightforward, it can be helpful to know that you have the right to work on a resolution that works for your unique family. Every situation is different, and you can work on an arrangement that meets the best interests of your kids.
What does a nontraditional custody order look like?
Many families are finding it is best to custom tailor their custody order. This can mean different things for different families. Some examples of nontraditional custody arrangements include the following:
Nesting involves the children remaining in their family home while the two parents take turns living there when it is their designated parenting time.
In some cases, parents decide that it is best for their kids if they all remain living in the same home, but the parents will have separate areas of the house.
Some parents live separately yet very close together, allowing the kids to go back and forth easily and without complication.
Your children may have specific needs or there may be a specific custody and visitation arrangement that you think would be most beneficial for your kids. You understand that kids benefit when they are allowed to maintain strong relationships with both parents after a divorce. As a parent, you have the right to work with the other parent to craft an order that both protects your parental rights and the individual needs of your children.
A custody plan that actually works
It is not easy to address custody and visitation issues during divorce. These are decisions that will affect your family for years to come, but you can take steps to ensure that your decisions are smart and beneficial. If you do not think that a traditional custody arrangement will work for your children, you may find it helpful to explore other options that could be available.
Before you agree to a custody order or move forward with final decisions that will affect both you and your kids, you may find it beneficial to first seek a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of your options.