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Is your parenting schedule realistic?

Trying to do too much with a complicated parenting plan could add a great deal of stress to a single parent's life, which will be difficult enough to manage and adjust to as it is. In this respect, Nebraska parents need to stay realistic when it comes to creating their parenting plans by factoring in the limitations of their and their ex's work schedules and living situations.

Here are two vital factors that parents need to remember to consider in this regard:

How long will it take for you to drive your child to the exchange point?

Whether you're living far away from your ex's home or close, you need to determine how long it will take you to drop off and pick up your child. Driving time is an important factor that will use up some of the valuable time you get to spend with your child each week, and it will also take time out of your schedule.

Consider distances to your child's school, to your ex's house, to your child's day care and to your child's extracurricular activities. Do whatever you can to organize you and your child's life in a way that minimizes your driving responsibilities.

Your work schedule and other lifestyle concerns

You may have a typical nine-to-five job, or you might have a more unique schedule that must be factored into the parenting plan you choose. Also, consider whether you or the other parent regularly travel for work as this could affect the way you plan your time with your child.

If you are ready to create the best parenting plan possible -- one that supports a peaceful and less-complicated life -- consider every factor before settling on your parenting arrangements. This will help you immensely in the years to come.

Source: CustodyXChange, "Schedule Consideration," accessed May 04, 2018

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