What we do is we try to structure it so the kids get to see both parents equally. However, maybe there isn’t a way for the children to stay overnight with the other parent. What would happen then is it would be a graduate schedule where you’d start out with, for example, every Tuesday night, every Thursday night, and every other weekend during the day. Once the person gets an apartment or a house that’s big enough to accommodate the kids, then the overnights kick in. We do this with small children too when it’s going to be difficult for their parents to be away from their bonded parent for a long time. We have to set up specific schedules for that.
With 30 years of experience in family law, Laura M. Urbik Kern is a certified mediator and family lawyer who concentrates on dissolution, family and juvenile law, child support, and complex domestic relations cases.