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Cooperation important in joint parenting plans

Going through a divorce in Arizona is one of the most stressful things that can happen in a person's life. It can be taxing physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially. In cases where there are children involved, the strain can be even worse. For parents who are willing and able to work together, though, it may be possible to create a joint parenting schedule that works for all the parties involved, parents and children. When creating a joint parenting schedule, it's important to empathize with the child's position, consider logistics and focus on the best interests of the child.

As difficult as it can be for the parents, divorce can be much harder on the kids. The parents need to try to see the situation through the eyes of the children, imagining the inconvenience of traveling from one home to the other and going from a two-parent household to a one parent at a time situation. Generally, the transition for the children should be made as easy as possible. It's important to maintain consistency of lifestyle, especially while the children are young.

Parents should also consider their children's activity and school requirements when they're creating a joint parenting schedule. Some activities are seasonal; they should still be factored in. If the kids are old enough to contribute, it's a good idea to ask them about the schedule; they may notice things the parents don't.

People in Arizona who are approaching or going through a divorce might want to meet with an attorney. An attorney who practices family law might be able to help by drafting and filing the petition for divorce or by identifying and categorizing marital assets. In cases where child custody is an issue, an attorney may help by creating a joint parenting schedule the parents can live with or by arguing on the client's behalf during custody hearings.

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