Michael Lodge - The Business Advisor - 424.542.7299 - www.lodge-co.com: When couples, whether married or unmarried, decide to separate or get a divorce, the creation of a parenting plan is of utmost importance, especially when children are involved. This should be done with a mediator.
A parenting plan serves as a vital tool in providing stability and structure for the children during a time of significant change. By outlining how both parents will continue to care for and support their children post-divorce, the parenting plan helps ensure that the children's well-being remains a top priority. It provides a framework for how decisions regarding the children will be made, establishing a sense of consistency and predictability in their lives as they transition into a new family dynamic.
A comprehensive parenting plan should address crucial aspects of child-rearing to minimize conflicts and uncertainties. This includes specifying schedules for physical custody, overnight visits, holidays, vacations, and school schedules. Additionally, the plan should cover childcare arrangements, religious practices, extracurricular activities, healthcare, screen time, and internet usage. Furthermore, it must clearly define the terms of physical and legal custody, whether one parent will have sole physical custody or if the parents will share joint physical custody. By encompassing these essential elements, a well-crafted parenting plan helps promote effective co-parenting and ensures that the children's best interests are at the forefront of decision-making. How the co-parents communicate to each other about the children should be a focus in the parenting plan, set some communication rules.
Remember, the children come first. Parents may divorce but families never do.
If you have a parenting plan in place and need to make changes because of various events in life, go back into mediation and have a new plan updated. If you need help, contact me at [email protected]