Divorces can be difficult, especially when there are children involved. As a parent, you may want to spend as much time with your children as possible. However, your ex-spouse may also feel the same way. Parents are generally encouraged to put their personal feelings aside and do whatever possible to make sure that their children maintain strong relationships with both parents after the divorce.
Creating a parenting plan to address custody issues
Divorcing parents may create a parenting plan as part of the divorce to be submitted to the court for approval. Your parenting plan should protect the best interests of the children and ensure that both parents play an active role in raising the children. A standard parenting plan will include a parenting time schedule, which will specify where the child will spend their time and which parent the child will be with on various days throughout the year. Some of these time periods include:
- Weekdays and weekends during the school year and summer
- Winter break
- Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
- Spring break
In addition to the time schedule, you will also have to address several other issues, including:
- Children’s extracurricular activities
- How decision-making authority will be shared between parents
- How to handle requests for vacation/travel with the children
- How the child will be transported between locations
- Children’s interactions with other family members/friends
- How to handle modifications to the schedule
- How conflicts will be resolved
With so much already on your plate with the divorce, it can be challenging to come up with a child custody agreement that works for you, your ex, and your children. A family law attorney can represent you throughout the process and help come up with a plan that puts your children first.