Divorce can be complex and there are numerous matters to settle during this process. For parents of minor children, the most important issue to address is child custody. It is also be the priority of the family court to settle custody matters in the best interests of the child in the event that co-parents cannot reach mutually agreeable child custody and parenting plan terms.
A parenting plan is an agreement that co-parents generally negotiate (although terms can be litigated), aimed at addressing the practical aspects of parenting post-divorce or non-marital split. These are just a few of the considerations that should be taken into account when a parenting plan is being drafted.
Clear lines of communication
Communication may have broken down at the end of a couple’s romantic relationship, but this needn’t be the case for co-parents as they move forward. Post-divorce, previous marital troubles should no longer be the focus of their interactions. What matters is the best interests of the child. It’s important that co-parents get themselves back to a position where they can communicate effectively. A parenting plan can include how often parents should be updated about child-related matters as well as the means of communication used to accomplish this aim.
How vacations will be managed
There is no reason why the kids can’t still enjoy vacations with either parent. Or, you may be amicable enough to put your differences to one side and still go on a vacation together. In any case, managing vacations is something that a parenting plan can address. Neither parent should take the kids away on vacation without at least informing the other parent in advance.
A parenting plan is the foundation of a co-parenting relationship. It can help implement structure and routine as well as preparing each parent to deal with disputes. Seeking legal guidance will help to ensure that your parental rights are being upheld as your parenting plan drafting process unfolds.