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What points are important for different ages in child custody?

When parents go through a child custody case, they often take the specific needs of the child into consideration. Since the parents know their child, this often comes without having to give it much thought. When you break down child custody cases by age groups, there are some fairly consistent points you should consider for each age group.

What should I consider for an infant?

Infants usually thrive on a schedule. It is necessary for the baby to have consistency. In most cases, the sleep-wake schedule and the feeding schedule are the two things that control the baby's day. It is vital that both parents understand this schedule. As the child gets a little older, it is necessary to pass along information about the baby's foods and other similar factors.

What about for a preschooler?

Preschoolers also enjoy consistency, but they are much more flexible than babies. The key to child custody of a preschooler is to make sure the child has time to bond with both parents, which might necessitate unscheduled visits or parenting time.

What should I know about children in school?

Children in school are usually able to adapt. At this age, they are starting to enjoy a social life. Keeping up with school activities and other events is vital. Making sure the child can attend these functions might take some creative scheduling and teamwork from the parents.

What about teenagers?

Teenagers are at an age when they start to become more independent. Making sure that your teen is able to spend time with friends and have meaningful relationships with both parents is vital. Adjustments to the child custody or visitation agreement might be necessary to accommodate the teen's active social life.

When it comes to child custody matters, there isn't any one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, you have to take a step back to make sure your child has what he or she needs to grow up in a healthy manner.

Source: State of New Jersey, "Parenting Time: A Child's Right," accessed April. 24, 2015

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