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Toddler custody plans require careful planning

Each age group for a child comes with specific concerns and considerations. This is especially true for parents who are dealing with child custody issues. For parents who have toddlers, there are some very important things to think about when you are trying to make a child custody agreement.

First, you have to take safety into account when you think about the custody agreement. Because toddlers love to explore, both parents will need to make sure that they have childproofed the spaces where the child will be. This can help to keep the child safe at both homes.

Next, remember that toddlers need consistency. This is something that is difficult for some divorced parents to provide, but you might need to work with your ex to relay nap times, bedtimes and other major components of a daily schedule.

Third, make sure that the child has time to spend with both parents. Toddlers need to bond with the people who are important in their lives. This means developing a good relationship with both parents, which requires that the tot gets to spend time with both parents.

Finally, make sure that you remember that the child custody plans you make now can have an impact on the child's stability. Try to keep things predictable for the child by sticking to the plan.

As the child grows and the needs change, it is possible to rework the child custody agreement. You could work with your ex to modify the agreement to reflect the child's changing needs, so don't think that you are stuck with the plan as it is.

Source: Custody Xchange, "Toddler Parenting Plans and Custody Schedules (18 months to 3 years)," accessed Aug. 04, 2017

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