A parenting plan is a document that outlines how you will continue to share time with your children and make decisions regarding their upbringing. This type of plan is, extremely helpful in maintaining consistency for your children as they live in two different households. It also lays the groundwork for better communication between you and your former spouse or partner moving forward.
Some of the topics most commonly included in a Parenting Plan are the following:
- Timesharing (i.e.,custody and visitation)
- Living arrangements
- Medical care
- Education and extracurricular activities
- Religious upbringing
- Holidays and birthdays
- Financial issues
- General discipline and parenting issues
- Coparenting communiucation
How do I create a parenting agreement?
A parenting plan is not going to result in you getting everything you want. There are going to be areas in which you will each have to compromise and consider your children’s best interests over your own. However, even the mere process of sitting down to create this plan can set up more open dialog down the road regarding parenting decisions. While your relationship with the other parent might never be great, it is good for your children to see that the two of you can at least work amicably together to be the best parents you can.
For more information about establishing a parenting plan and other child custody issues, contact the experienced Jacksonville family law attorneys at Combs Greene, PA.
Attorney Andrea Jevic contributed to this blog post.