Can children split time 50/50 between parents? - While most courts would not view equal time in two different homes as the typical ideal, it is likely to approve such a plan if both parents enthusiastically endorse such a plan.  There can be little doubt that children's best interests are promoted by having two engaged and cooperative parents.

Clearly there are limitations on such a plan such as distance that places an undue hardship on children traveling to school and other activities or being unable to obtain a sense of community outside the home.  In those cases, a better plan would be lengthy periods of parenting time during non-school months and vacations.  It might result in less than equal time but satisfactory for both parents and easier on the children.

Child support is not necessarily precluded by an equal time parenting plan.  Disparity in income would likely mean the better compensated parent would contribute toward the other parent's child-rearing expenses.  In my experience, the approach has been to calculate child support twice, once as if the child lived 100% with one parent, then 100% with the other.  The child support paid is the difference between the two amounts.

So what's the likely outcome if I can't come to terms on a parenting plan with my children's other parent? - In the majority of cases a Parenting Plan is going to look a lot like the arrangements you remember from your own childhood experiences for either yourself or friends.  That is one parent will have the children most of the time.  It's simply a fact; she is usually mom.  The other parent, usually dad, has the children every other weekend, alternating major holidays and from two to six weeks during the summer depending on the age of the kids.

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