One of the hardest issues to resolve in a divorce is how parents interact with their kids and one another after the case is over. The Courts strive to make decisions that are in the best interests of the children, but sometimes it can be difficult to make that determination. This is because every case is different, and the needs of every child is different. In order to offer some consistency the Courts require the parties come up with a parenting plan to follow. The parenting plan is like a blueprint for what to do with the kids after the divorce, and in order to develop a plan that works several key ingredients must be included.
A parenting plan that works is one that allows the kids to spend time with both parents, so familial relationships continue to grow and flourish. Five parts of a good parenting plan include thinking about the following:
- Whether the kids have a preference when it comes to where they will live and what the visitation schedule will include. This is appropriate if the children are older and can express a preference in these areas.
- How close the parents live to each other, and how easy or difficult it is to get the kids back and forth between homes.
- How well the parents communicate with each other.
- Whether there are any special needs for the kids, physically or emotionally.
- How the entire family, including extended family is impacted. It is a good idea to take into account the type of relationship kids have with grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and any step siblings.
Coming up with a plan that is best for the kids and that the parents can stick to is challenging. There are bound to be times where a deviation from the schedule is needed, and it is important for the parties to work together to be accommodating. But if a requested change seems unreasonable or the plan presented does not make sense, it is time to advocate for something different. We can help by presenting your needs to the Court and arguing for a plan that makes sense. For more information about how to come up with a parenting plan that will be best for your children, call our office today.
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