Parenting is without a doubt the biggest responsibility a person will encounter in a lifetime; it is not an easy task yet it is one that we must succeed in order to provide a healthy future for our children.

Raising a child is quite the challenge, especially when the parents are no longer involved in a romantic relationship. Living apart tends to make things more complicated than usual and the time a child should spend with each parent is the most common cause of disagreements between both parties, ultimately affecting no one else but the child.

The timetable planning for parenting in the state of Arizona will depend on a number of things; however, the most relevant one is the age of the child. Keep in mind that unless there are special circumstances, positive involvement of both parents are to be encourage in order to preserve an emotional stable and a social friendly environment for the child.

Also consider that sometimes it is beneficial to have the help of a lawyer when establishing a parenting plan to ensure that your parental rights are protected.

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Why is a Parenting Plan Important to Establish?

Planning is the key to increase the success rate in most situations, and parenting is not the exception. The cooperation between both of the parents is fundamental when it comes to the establishment of a rewarding timetable, meaning responsibility and respect.

Children who are constantly exposed to conflict are more likely to develop long-term emotional issues, therefore, if the parents need help with their schedule, it is important to submit a request mediation services.

There are different considerations depending on how the child custody has been established, if one parent is has the sole custody, his or her decisions will be far more relevant when it comes to pick a timetable, on the other hand, when the custody is shared, they both will have to reach an understanding to honor the agreement. In the state of Arizona, joint legal custody demands a written document where the parenting plan is explicitly stated, including specified timetables for both of the parents.

How to Develop a Successful Plan

The whole point of creating this timetable-parenting plan will always be to benefit the child.

The First step when choosing the right plan is to evaluate the relationship of the child with both parents.  Children do not always have the same amount of comfort with both parents, sometimes they rather be only in one home, or switching them. The parents will need to adapt to their children’s preference, even if this means spending less time with them, this, on the long run, gives the child a higher level of secureness and confidence.

If one of the parties has been away for a long period, parenting should be introduced gradually as the child gets use to the new set up and little by little starts adapting.

There are a number of variants that need to be taken in consideration while developing the plan:

  • Age of the child
  • Level of matureness of the child
  • Personality
  • Level of comfort with each parent
  • Possible special childcare
  • Efficient transportation handling
  • Relationship between the parents

Age is a Factor to Consider When Creating a Timetable

As mentioned before, the age of the child is probably the most relevant variable for a healthy parenting timetable. Younger children from birth up to 2 years have special needs and a stable schedule that is very important to keep intact. This is so important because at this age they start to develop what is known as emotional memory. They can feel tension and stress between parents, but most importantly, they learn to recognize their caregivers. Of course at this age moving from home to home could be an issue, babies need to have a controlled environment in which they can achieve their basic needs, such as sleep, feeding and waking schedules.

At age 2 to 5, children are just exploring their independence. This does not mean, though, that they will easily adapt to change. Some kids are very fearful towards separation of one of the parents. The transition to a home from another will still be a challenge, though is important to keep the relationship between parents free from arguing.

From age 6 to 9, kids are way more aware of the situation; they might not really understand why their parents don’t live together or why their family is different from some of their friends. Nevertheless, it is most likely they develop a stronger feeling of comfort towards one of the parents, or that they might get use to changing homes easily. It really depends on the child’s level of maturity, every kid is different, they manage situations in different ways, so, the time they spend with each parent should be estimated with care.

Ages 10 to 12 are a transition for children, even though they are counting more on their friends now, they might choose sides within parents. A parenting timetable during this age range needs to takein consideration of extra-curricular activities and school. Even when the kid seems to be on a bad mood, it is essential to be part of their life.

Teenagers from 13 years old all the way to 18 should develop a stronger sense of independence. It is true that the parenting timetable is most likely to be more flexible. This doesn’t mean is less important.

Even if they don’t realize it, they are still very susceptible to parents influence, to help them make the right decisions. A healthy relationship between the parents will most definitely enhance this guidance.

General Considerations

As previously shown, the parenting timetable has different connotations, which will be influenced, on a number of factors. The state of Arizona requires both parents to submit a basic residential schedule, a holiday schedule and a vacation schedule.

Another important matter to consider is that the state of Arizona recognizes the grandparents and great grandparents as direct family, so they can be granted with visitation rights. Children will, at the end of the day, benefit as long as their whole surround maintains a healthy and prospect relationship.

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