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What timesharing plans work best for professional athletes?

We often think of professional athletes as "having the good life" and may even see them as people who have little to worry about. But if you're a professional athlete with children, you may see things differently, especially if you're divorced.

Unlike other divorced parents in California who may have predictable work schedules, professional athletes have to contend with travel schedules that can change annually, making it difficult to establish a detailed timesharing schedule for long-term use. As such, professional athletes need to consider one important question: 

What timesharing plan will work best for me and my children?

The answer to this question lies in how well each parent communicates with each other and how willing each is to work with the other. Because of a professional athlete's schedule - both on the court, pitch or field and off - divorced parents need to remain flexible with their custody arrangements to account for things like extended road trips or the sudden rescheduling of a game.

Even though this flexibility is difficult to achieve in some states because of strict child custody laws, California laws understand the importance of doing what's in the best interests of the child. That's why our state offers a series of visitation orders that meet the needs of the child and parents. Perhaps the best arrangement for professional athletes is a reasonable visitation order.

A reasonable visitation order does not lay out a detailed visitation schedule like most custody orders do. Instead, it allows parents to work together to determine how time will be shared with the child. These types of agreements are usually open ended and work best when divorced parents are on good terms and can work together to resolve disagreements and issues. 

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