A parenting plan is extremely beneficial in the long run for any divorcing couple with children. Even for ex spouses that continue to work together and maintain a respectful relationship after the divorce a parent plan can be of value. Below are a few key items you should make sure are included in your parenting plan.
- How much time the children will spend with each parent
- How communication will occur between the parents (phone, email, etc.)
- Communication between children and parents (phone, email, etc.)
- Arrangements for vacations, holidays, family events
- Special needs including medication, education, doctors appointments
- Financial agreement for all expenses
- Arrangement for extra curricular activities, sports, school
- Decisions that need to be made by both parents
- Basic philosophy for raising the children and their well being
Divorce is never easy for anyone and having a parenting plan to move forward will help in times of frustration or anger. In the case that an unexpected event happens, having a parenting plan in place will make any transitions smoother. It is important that you consult an experienced family law attorney to help you draft your parenting plan.