Family Court cases are difficult for everyone involved, but are especially difficult for children. I often tell my clients to realize how stressful these cases can be on them, then imagine having to deal with it as a child. I believe that parents should do anything they can reasonably do to educate themselves on ways to help their children.
The Colorado Foundation for Families and Children published Connecting With Your Kids: Important Information on Parenting Time in Colorado by Jane A. Irvine M.A. This 247 page book is available online in its entirety in *.pdf format, and it discusses the following issues: overall legal rules; creation of a parenting plan; common problem areas for parents; and other available resources.
Certainly, some of the issues and procedure discussed in this book is specific to Colorado. However, there are entire chapters devoted to parenting plans, difficulties in separate parenting, and problem solving options. Those more general topics can be a great resource to parents facing these issues, regardless of the states in which they live.
The author's purpose in writing this book is given in the first paragraph of its Introduction:
There is a great deal of evidence that the children of separation and divorce and never married parents are losing contact with one parent and are suffering emotionally and developmentally as a result. These parents need help and support finding their way through the forms and procedures which will secure them a relationship with their children. This book is intended to help those parents who wish to be involved with their children who, for any number of reasons, do not live with their children and the other parent.