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Working out sustainable parenting time arrangement can be a challenge

Divorce can bring a number of challenges in terms of working things out with one's ex-spouse. This can certainly occur with property division and financial matters, but also with children. Custody and visitation can be a very difficult thing to work out for some couples. Much of it depends on how willing one's ex-spouse is to work together, and what their specific goals are in the divorce. In many cases, a little negotiation is necessary, but things eventually work out.

That was the case for a Chicago man whose ex-wife had requested custody of their son and daughter for four Jewish Holidays and half of their Christmas vacation, whereas he had only intended to ask for Christmas and Easter. To balance things out, he asked for St. Patrick's Day, Super Bowl Sunday, and the day of the NCAA men's basketball title game if Syracuse ends up being one of the two teams playing.

Having been born and raised in Syracuse for a portion of his childhood. Interestingly, the request was surprising to both his attorney and his ex-wife's attorney. Although the latter was initially a bit indignant over the request, they were able to work it out through negotiations.

Visitation time, for a non-custodial parent, is very important time. Studies show that children of divorced couples do better when both parents are actively involved in their life. In working out a parenting time arrangement, it is important that both parents feel they get their fair share of time with their children.

In any parenting time arrangement, the primary concern will be the best interests of the children. In working things out, it is important for parents to keep this in mind. Forming a sustainable arrangement is also important, though, and an arrangement will not be stable unless both parents' interests are fairly represented.

Source: Yahoo Sports, "Syracuse fan makes unusual custody request in divorce settlement," Jeff Eisenberg, July 27, 2012

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