Developing a Parenting plan is Always an Important Step

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Parenting plans can be a cornerstone of relationships between parents, children and families following a divorce. As a result, having a good, workable parenting plan is important for divorcing couples. The changes to relationships and the idea of having a parenting plan may seem strange to some divorcing parents, but parenting plans are an important part of the child custody and divorce process.

Parenting plans can become especially important if divorced parents encounter difficult periods and challenges in their relationship down the road following the divorce. There are many aspects of everyday life that may change significantly in the years following a divorce: spouses may remarry, jobs and residences may change and many things may change that will impact the children and family and parenting time with the children. The many inevitable changes may have an impact on relationships, which is why a parenting plan is important to have.

A workable parenting plan to fall back on is important because it can address child custody and child visitation issues and concerns today, tomorrow and down the road when changes may become necessary. Because a parenting plan should be workable, it is important that the logistics of a parenting plan are carefully considered. Vacations and holidays should be realistically approached and negotiated. Parenting plans should be specific and detailed and an actual calendar should be used when planning is being done. Important, but sometimes small details, such as how the children's belongings will be accounted for as they travel back and forth between their parents' homes, should be considered. The parenting plan should always account for what is in the best interests of the children at all times.

The family law process seeks to provide flexible options for families in different, evolving situations and circumstances, which is why it is helpful for divorcing couples to remain flexible and realistic while developing a parenting plan. Carefully developing a parenting plan that works is like planning for the future, but also provides benefits for the divorcing couple and family today.

Source: Huffington Post, "How to Make a Parenting Schedule that Works," Karen Covy, March 4, 2016

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