Children generally fare best when they have the emotional support and ongoing involvement of both parents. Establishing a parenting time schedule is one way to ensure and foster that involvement. The child’s needs are key factors for parents to consider when establishing a parenting time schedule. These needs change as the child grows older and moves
from one developmental stage to the next. The developmental needs of an infant, for example, are different from those of a toddler or a teenager. Chapter 3 provides more detail about the ages and stages of child development. Parents may want to specify in the parenting time schedule the children’s ages when the parenting time schedule may be modified. Overnights with a child of any age may be included in the parenting time schedule for each parent depending on child and parent factors.