Children progress through a number of phases as they grow. If you are divorced and have a child, however, it is critical to have a well-written parenting plan that helps to deal with the various obstacles that could arise. Failure to create an adequate parenting plan can make life more difficult for you, your ex, and your growing kids.
The following will review some important pieces of advice that parents should follow when creating a parenting plan.
The Goals of the Parenting Plan
A good parenting plan should have clearly defined goals and values, which will influence how the plan is carried out. While defining these elements of the parenting plan, clearly define the responsibilities of both parents and ensure that everyone shares the same goals.
Acceptable Conduct by Both Parents
By outlining what conduct is acceptable when interacting with the other parent in a parenting plan, you can greatly decrease the conflict that is likely between you and your ex. Describe how everyone will be expected to act, how the parents will communicate, the frequency at which communication will occur, and how important school-related documents for the child will be handled.
A Parenting Schedule
A parenting schedule should include details about the visitation times for each parent including information about how birthdays and holidays will be handled. Doing this helps to reduce the risk of uncertainty about who will spend time with the child at any point during the year. In many cases, as children grow, it will be necessary to alter a parenting plan.
How Disputes are Resolved
It is a wise idea to include details in your parenting plan about how disputes will be resolved. Many couples in these situations find it helpful to obtain the assistance of a mediator who can help resolve any issues that might arise.
How Extracurricular Activities are Handled
While writing a parenting plan, it is important to include details about how extracurricular activities in which the child is engaged will be handled. These details should include who will pay for the costs of these problems and who will handle transporting the child to and from this activity.
How Childcare Will be Handled
Considering the large number of parents today who work outside of the home, it is important to determine how child care will be handled. Parenting plans should include information about how child care expenses will be paid and how long the child will receive adult supervision from someone other than a parent.
Speak with an Experienced Family Law Attorney
Writing a strong parenting plan is not always easy and there are inevitably a number of issues that must be discussed. If you have questions about how to write the best possible parenting plan, you should not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C. to schedule a free initial consultation.