Tips For Long-Distance Parenting Plans

When parents are no longer together, living far away from a child’s other parent can make parenting time schedules extremely complicated. Between arranging for travel back and forth as well as figuring out logistics, it can be complex to try and come up with an adequate schedule for the children and their other parent. There are many factors that contribute to the design of long-distance parenting plans, in particular, how far away the parents live from each other. If it is a few hours by car, that is a different situation than someone who is a plane ride away, halfway across the country, and the schedules are likely to be different depending on how long the transportation will take and the cost. Another factor depends on how involved the parent living far away from the children is in the children’s lives. This can be particularly important when the cause of the children living so far away from one parent is due to the other parent seeking to relocate.

Long-Distance Parenting Schedules in a Relocation Case

Parenting Time Schedules In Different States Without a Relocation

In these scenarios, it is not uncommon to give the parent who lives further away from the child a block of parenting time during the summer and some holiday weekends, half of their school breaks, etc. However, there isn’t regular and consistent parenting time that needs to be “made up” by drafting this schedule, so there isn’t typically a requirement to give that parent a very substantial amount of summer. If the parent never exercised it before, it is harder to ask for it now, unless other factors contribute to why it would be in the minor children’s best interests to have this substantial amount of time. But, no one is trying to “make up” for lost time when the parents lived apart to begin with, so the schedule might be less stringent than a child relocation schedule.

Electronic Parenting Time


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