WHAT WILL PARENTING TIME LOOK LIKE?
The courts try to equalize parenting time. That is the new look of things. Rarely do the courts view the father as a “weekend” dad any longer. The new reality is often week on, week off for each parent. That way each parent has to tolerate the working weekdays of getting kids off to school and doing homework as well as the holiday weekend times where they can go on trips or plan events together.
It is important to remember that parenting time has to accommodate work schedules. If one parent works the weekends and the other parent works the weekdays, it is easy to decide who gets the children when.
Often both parents work the weekdays and have the weekends off. A week on, week off schedule allows each parent to experience the highs and lows of parenting children.
It will be up to each parent to make arrangements for daycare while they are at work. Paying for the daycare of each parent is split between the parents according to their incomes so that both parents can make a living and will not require spousal maintenance from the other parent due to child rearing responsibilities.
The court supports the use of grandparents or other family members to fill in when the parties cannot be there. Rarely does the court support canceling parenting time just because a parent has to use a fill in person due to work or other commitments.