Creating A Long Distance Custody Plan For Your Kids And Your Ex

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Regular contact and shared custody is always important for families in divorce situations, and long distance shared custody can be hard on everyone involved.  However, a manageable long-distance custody plan can be worked out in such a way that everyone benefits.  The key to making these types of plans work for everyone is detailed planning and taking into account the needs of each family member.  A long distance parenting plan should cover the following aspects:

Routine Monthly Visits

Some long-distance custody arrangements will require regular monthly, or even semi-monthly visits.  This type of plan works best when there is ample notice given and open communication between both parents.  However, depending on distance and scheduling, such visits can become quite disruptive to the lives of the children and can become rather expensive.  In these circumstances, it may be better to schedule visits over long school breaks and holidays.

Time During School Breaks

To help make up for lost time during the normal school year, arrangements can be made for children to spend time with the non-residential parent over school breaks, holidays, and the summer.  In fact, in these circumstances, children may spend a large majority of their summers and breaks with this parent.  The non-residential parent should always consult the school calendar that corresponds with the district the children are in when making plans for visitations.

Major Holidays

Family holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, are generally split between each parent.  Most parents prefer having the children for at least one major holiday per year and the holiday can alternate.  Additionally, longer holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day or Labor Day should be a designated time for the out of state parent to spend with the children.

Communication and Planning

A long distance parenting plan will go smoother for all involved if parents communicate about their intentions, desires, and plans.  Both parents should be fully aware of their children’s school calendar and be willing to develop a visitation schedule based on that.

Work with an Attorney

An experienced family law attorney can help guide you through developing and executing a long-distance parenting plan.  This will allow both parents the time and opportunities they need to stay connected to their children.

Long distance custody and parenting plans are not easy.  However, with open communication and ample planning time, they can work for all who are involved.  Parents should be willing to communicate and compromise, as well as plan family time and vacations well in advance.  Hiring a family attorney can help your parenting plan run as smoothly as possible.

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Our Top Picks – 12 Odd Driving Laws Around The World!

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Traffic regulations come with some of the oddest laws you’ll find anywhere. We’ve collected some of the craziest laws from around the world for you. Here are 12 odd driving laws that you’ve never heard of. First we will be starting with odd laws from around the United States –

Alabama —

Apparently, there are people in Alabama that have tried driving while wearing blindfolds. So as a law, you are forbidden from driving while blindfolded.

Scituate, Rhode Island —

Normally, you are not allowed to drive under the influence of alcohol. However, in Rhode Island, you are not even allowed to drive with an unopened beer can or bottle in your car.

University City, Missouri —

Traffic laws in St Louis forbid drivers from honking another driver’s horn. Why this law was implemented is anyone’s guess.

Youngstown, Ohio —

Traffic laws in Youngstown forbid drivers from running out of gas. You’d be wise to try and drive on a full tank if you are going long distance.

Minnetonka, Minnesota —

In Minnetonka, you are forbidden from off-roading or mudding. In fact, if you drive a car with excessive dirt on it, you will get a ticket.

459154269Little Rock, Arkansas —

In Little Rock, you are not allowed by law to honk your car’s horn after 9pm while around a restaurant that has cold drinks and sandwiches in its menu…


Dublin, Georgia —

In Dublin, it’s illegal to drive your car through a playground. You don’t say!

Topeka, Kansas —

In this Street, Kansas Avenue, you are forbidden from driving with dead poultry in your car, regardless of whether it is fried chicken or frozen turkey.

Now Around The World :

Philippines —

In Philippines, it is considered unlawful to drive a scooter while wearing flip-flops, sandals or bare feet. To avoid trouble with the law, you’d better have closed shoes on while enjoying a ride on your scooter.

Denmark —

Apparently in Denmark, drivers need a law against starting a car while there is someone underneath it.

Canada —

You can get jailed for six months or get fined $10,000 for driving over 30mph or over the speed limit.

Cyprus —

You are not allowed to carry food or drinks in your car in Cyprus. If you get hungry, you’d better find a restaurant!

What Are Some Odd Driving Laws You’ve Heard Of? Let Us Know In The Comments Below!