Divorcing parents have several issues to address, including the issue of child custody. A parenting plan is a way to specify child custody arrangements once the divorce is finalized. Parents may be able to resolve these issues outside of the courtroom, with the help of their attorneys. However, many parents are unable to agree on various aspects of their parenting plan and must present their case to the court. After hearing both sides, the judge will approve a final parenting plan, which will be signed into an order. Both parents will then legally have to abide by the terms of the order.
What is included in a parenting plan?
Your parenting plan needs to be specific and address the various needs of your child. Most parenting plans will specify details regarding:
- Child’s health care, education, extra-curriculars, and religious involvement
- Child-care and transportation arrangements
- Parenting time schedules for weekdays, weekends, holidays, and vacations
- How to address and resolve disputes regarding custody
In addition to addressing all of the above details, your parenting plan should consider your child’s emotional needs as well. The parenting plan is about your child’s needs foremost. Even if you and your ex get along, it can be hard to agree on a custody arrangement that will best benefit your child. A family law attorney that specializes in child custody issues may be able to help you come up with a plan that best fits your family. An effective parenting plan can save you years of stress and ensure that your child is well cared for even if their parents are no longer together.