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Remember, your parenting schedule is just the start

When you decide to divorce, you know that it'll affect your children in many ways. For example, you may have concerns about how they'll deal with your split and the amount of time you'll get to spend with them in the future.

While a parenting agreement and visitation schedule is important to your future, keep this in mind: It's just the start.

If you're able to get along with your ex, you can use your parenting schedule as a blueprint for the future. So, rather than strictly adhere to the details, you can make changes as necessary that benefit you, your ex and your children.

Here are some tips for making your parenting schedule work:

  • Maintain flexibility: There will be times when your ex requests a change. Just the same, you may need to do this yourself. Flexibility is critical to your co-parenting success.
  • Follow it closely to start: Until you see if you and your ex can get along, try to follow your schedule down to every last detail. This will set limits early on, which can help if you're always at odds.
  • Do what's best for your children: No matter what, make sure you always make decisions with the best interests of your children in mind. When you do this, there's less chance of making a wrong decision.

If you're lucky, you can use your parenting schedule as a jumping off point. But if things take a turn for the worse and your ex continually violates your agreement, consider the steps you can take to obtain a modification.

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