Divorce might signal the end of a romantic relationship. However, if you have a child together, your relationship with the other parent is never quite over. If you have a child together at the time of dissolving your marriage, you will need to figure out the child’s post-divorce living arrangements.
Most often, the court will allow you to come up with a parenting plan that works for everyone while serving the child’s best interests. For this to happen, it is important that you include the right provisions in the plan.
Here are three important elements that you should include in your parenting plan:
1. Each party’s responsibilities
A good parenting plan should start off by outlining how you and your co-parent will share responsibilities and rights. Who will be the primary custodian? Who will be with the child during the weekends? While outlining the rights and responsibilities, be sure to specify the exact days of the week the child will spend with each parent.
2. Decision-making authority
From health care to schooling, discipline and co-curricular activities, you will need to make decisions for your child. It is important that you include how these decisions will be made in your parenting plan. You may decide on issues that will require joint decisions and those that will require unilateral decisions.
3. Conflict resolution
Even if you and your spouse divorce amicably, there is always the chance that differences will arise. It is important that you include how you will handle these conflicts in your parenting plan. This can include mediation or other means of conflict resolution.
Divorce is tough for everyone, including the kids. Find out how you can create a parenting plan that will work for everyone.