Your parenting plan is an important part of your divorce as it dictates the custody and visitation arrangements for your children. Of all the documents and things you do for your divorce, it is this plan that you should take the most time with and be the most attentive to.
You want to ensure that you cover everything in the plan and set things up for the ability to make modifications as needed in the future to adjust to your family’s needs and the changes that come. Parents Magazine suggests that as you approach creating your parenting plan, the one thing to focus on is the children and doing what is best for them.
You need to make sure that your parenting plan covers all the legal issues that arise from custody. You must establish legal custody rights, which is who holds the decision-making power for the children. Establish rules for moving, especially moving out of state. Cover all possible legal aspects so that you will not need to go back to court for them later.
You also need to ensure your plan is flexible. As your children get older and your family dynamics change, you need to be able to make adjustments to your plan without having to go back to court. A flexible plan also helps avoid tension that can impact your children.
A good parenting plan is fair. You need to consider what is best for your children and not focus on what you or the other parent wants. Ideally, the plan will allow you both to have time with the children that allows you to form meaningful relationships with the children.