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Special considerations for child custody cases

Child custody cases come in all shapes and sizes. Trying to find ways to make plans for your case can be rather difficult. You can't base your decisions on what worked for someone else. You have to find the solutions that take the best interests of your child into account.

There are several things that you can consider when you are trying to work out a child custody agreement with your ex. Pick and choose the ones that pertain to your case so that you can work toward an agreement that is appropriate.

Consider your work schedule

Your work schedule has to be a factor in the child custody case because it isn't going to do you any good if you only have your child when you are at work. If you are a factor worker, you might work swing shifts, which presents an interesting conundrum. The answer to this conundrum might come with a creative custody arrangement that lets you inform your ex of your schedule when it is issued so that you and your ex can come up with an agreement about when you can have the child while you are off of work.

Plan for snow days

You know to expect snow in Michigan in the winter, but you might not have thought about how frigid temperatures and deep snow might impact child custody. You have to plan for what is going to happen if your child's school closes because of these factors or lets out early. Who will pick up the child? Where will the child go? Making these plans now might seem like a bit much, but it might help you considerably when you need to put a plan into action.

Don't forget summer vacation

Summer vacation is another area that needs to be addressed. You need to think about what you are going to do if you plan on taking a trip. You need to decide who will have the child when so that childcare plans can be made. All of these factors should be discussed now. You should also find out about what types of notifications you will need to make if you are going to take your child out of Michigan for a trip.

Include decision making powers

Think about who is going to make decisions about where your child goes to school or what kind of health care your child will receive. Also, think about faith-based decisions that affect your child. Include a plan for what is going to happen if you and your ex don't agree on what to do in these crucial areas.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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