Divorcing a spouse can be much more complex if you have children together. When children are involved, there are a number of things that must be addressed before you can finalize a divorce, including the creation of a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a document that details the agreement between a divorcing couple in regards to how children will be parented and where they will spend their time.
Make Sure to Include Tie Breaking Power
Primary physical custody is granted so that one parent has tie breaking authority in decisions regarding a child’s education, religion, and health care. In many Georgia cases, courts require one parent to be named the primary physical custodian.
Let Children Enjoy Their Birthdays
Parents should not require children to spend birthdays with both parents. Instead, parents should focus on how the child can have the best birthday possible. This may mean that the child alternates between parents on their birthday every other year.
Morality Clauses can be Modified
Morality clauses in parenting plans can be modified to reflect how a divorced couple feels about exposing a child to other people whom either parent is dating. Studies reveal that exposing children to multiple partners greatly decreases the stability that the child feels after divorce.
Instead of exposing children to new partners, you should focus on spending time with your children and fostering a healthy bond.
Be Careful with First Refusal Right
If you or your spouse request a right of first refusal in your parenting, it is important to make sure that you appreciate the burden that will be created for both you and your spouse. First refusal rights require you to offer your ex parenting time if you are unable to be with a child during your scheduled parenting time, and vice versa.
Many parents, however, discover that right of first refusal can be particularly burdensome, which is why it is often a wise idea to talk over this option with your child custody attorney ahead of time.
Do Not Require Daily Phone Calls
Parents must be cautious about overdoing phone conversation. While it is important that children have ongoing communication with both parents, requiring phone calls or check-ins on a too frequent basis can interrupt parenting time and impact a child’s ability to adapt.
If everyday interaction is necessary, then include limitations on the amount of time that the child is required to talk to a parent.
Speak with an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today
There an overwhelming number of things that must be resolved during a divorce. No matter if you are attempting to create a parenting plan or handle any other element of divorce, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney at Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C. today. We have helped a number of parents successfully navigate the divorce process.