Teens and Parenting Time Plans
By Zachary Mushkatel on May 28, 2013
Parents of teenagers who are considering divorce face some of the same challenges as the parents of younger children, as well as some challenges that are unique to raising teens. Arizona’s family law courts prefer that parents create joint parenting time plans when possible, which are intended to allow each parent to remain involved in his or her child’s life during separation and after a divorce is final.
Unlike younger children, teens can often take care of themselves independently for short periods. They are also generally capable of expressing opinions about which parent they would prefer to live with. In addition, extracurricular activities, after-school jobs, and time spent with friends can keep teens away from home for hours after a regular school day, which also changes the dynamic between teenagers and their newly-separated parents.
When creating a parenting time schedule for teens, it is important to acknowledge that you understand and respect the teen’s wishes and that you and your spouse, as the parents, will make the final decision. These task increase the importance of communicate regularly with your spouse or former spouse.
Like other parenting plans, parenting plans for teens should provide a sense of predictability and security. Although teens are increasingly independent and can be “testy” at times, they still need the sense of safety that comes from knowing when, where, and with whom they are meant to stay.
If you’re considering divorce in Arizona, the experienced Glendale family law attorneys at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, can help you create a parenting time plan and handle other divorce-related issues smoothly. Contact us today to learn more.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.