Extracurricular activities make up a large part of many Long Island children’s schedules. Sports, the arts, and activities like spelling bees or robotics competitions, along with time spent with family or friends, can all fill a child’s schedule.
When two parents are married and they and the children all live in the same household, juggling these schedules can be difficult. When parents are separated and share custody, juggling extracurricular activities becomes even more difficult. Since most extracurricular activities require a participating child to be present at every practice and event, parents need to develop a consistent plan for making sure the child arrives on time, every time.
One way to do this is to include extracurricular activities in the parenting plan. In other words, during the divorce process, you and your former spouse will sit down with your respective Long Island child custody lawyers and work out which activities your children will pursue and how each of you will ensure the child arrives prepared to participate.
As with any custody decision, parenting time and extracurricular activities should be worked out according to the best interests of the participating children. A New York family law judge will approve a parenting plan that addresses the children’s best interests. Working with your attorney and a mediator or other neutral third party to make an extracurriculars plan can help you reduce contention between you and your spouse, plan for your future, and ensure that you children can continue to participate in a sport, art, or activity they love – providing an important sense of security for them.