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Alaskan divorced couples' back-to-school plans

As the school year starts in Alaska, divorced parents often face additional logistical obstacles and burdens because of the abrupt change from the summertime schedule. The parenting plan that was incorporated into the divorce order will often address these issues. In many cases, one parent will have primary or sole physical custody, with the other having visitation rights that, for example, provide for visitation on weekends and on one night during the week. Even if the parents share physical custody, it may be advisable for each to have sufficient school clothing and books for their children while they are there.

When a divorced couple's children go back to school, it can affect how much time each parent has with the children. This is especially true if the child participates in extracurricular activities, such as sports or clubs. The parenting plan may need to take these factors into account along with both parents' work schedules to ensure that the child can spend time with both parents.

If a divorcing couple cannot come to an agreement for a parenting plan, the court will make the decision. In most cases, the courts prefer to allow the parents to work out their issues without intervention, so they will set up mediation between both parties in order to resolve any conflicts. If they cannot do this, though, the court will examine all of the facts and possibly speak with the children about their preferences before creating a parenting plan for them.

With any custody issue, the court's primary goal is to look out for the children's best interest. A family law attorney can provide representation to a parent through negotiating the terms of a custody and visitation agreement with the other parent and then presenting it to the court for its approval.

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