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A complete parenting plan should cover many legal considerations

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2023 | Divorce

Divorce has many legal considerations, especially for parents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, divorce affects around 50% of U.S. children. Every decision you make can affect your children’s physical, emotional and mental well-being.

A comprehensive parenting plan outlines how parents will share responsibilities and make decisions. This helps create a structured and predictable environment for the children.

Custody, visitation and child support

Physical custody is where the child lives, and legal custody involves decision-making. A well-thought-out custody plan increases the child’s stability.

Parents must establish visitation schedules and terms. Visitation involves deciding when the children spend time with each parent. This includes weekends, holidays and vacations.

One parent may plan to move out of the area. Relocating can complicate visitation schedules, transportation arrangements and communication with the children.

Both parents share the responsibility to provide for their children’s financial needs. Child support commonly covers expenses like education, healthcare and day-to-day living.

Important decisions

Divorcing parents must decide how they will make medical decisions for their children. Both parents should have access to medical information. Making major healthcare decisions jointly contributes to the child’s well-being.

Parents need to decide how they will make decisions related to the child’s schooling, extracurricular activities and educational goals.

Effective co-parenting

Parents need to communicate about their children after divorce. Decide how and when you will talk and what situations might need immediate conversations.

Consistent parenting styles make it easier for children. Agreeing on discipline approaches, routines and rules helps create a stable environment for the children as they transition between households.

Put children first

Every decision you make should put your children’s needs and welfare ahead of your own.