Every California family is different. Kids have different needs and parents have different work schedules. No two families are the same, and for this reason, no two custody orders should be the same. For many families, traditional custody plans do not suit their needs.

It is becoming more common for families to choose non-traditional custody arrangements. This will look different from family to family, yet many are exercising their right to find a plan that works best for their unique situation. When considering what your custody plan should look like, you may consider the benefits of working with the other parent on a unique, thoughtful and workable custody and visitation order.

A plan that actually works for your family

The details of a child custody order will have a significant emotional impact on every member of the family. In order to minimize the negative effects of a divorce on the kids, many parents are finding ways to reduce conflict and disruption in the life of the child. Consider some of the following unusual types of custody arrangements:

  • Some families find it best for the child to live in the family home, and both parents will take turns living there during their allotted parenting time.
  • There are families that buy a home with two master suites, allowing both parents to remain with the child without continuing their relationship.
  • Some families make it a point to share family meals and do many typical family functions together.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for child custody arrangements. While some parents can split time or function well in a more traditional custody situation, this may not work for you. It is critical to consider how your choices will impact your family for years to come. If you and your spouse are willing to work together and protect the best interests of the children above all, you can craft a plan that will work for years to come. 

Shielding your children from disruption

The main goal of any child custody arrangement is to protect the best interests of the kids above all else. Whether you create a plan that is unusual to suit the needs of your unique family or you rely on the guidance of the court, you have the right to pursue a final arrangement that both protects your parental rights and the needs of your kids.

When making decisions regarding child custody, you may find it beneficial to start with a complete evaluation of your case. This can help you understand your custody options and the most viable course of action.