When you divorce with children, one of the things you need to put together is a parenting plan. This parenting agreement is there to spell out all the details about how you and your ex-spouse will coparent together.
With child custody issues, it’s easy to end up involved in a conflict, but with a parenting plan, many conflicts can be avoided. A good parenting plan goes over all major topics of contention, such as your child’s schooling, medical care or religion, so that there aren’t as many issues in the future.
Your parenting plan helps your children in many ways. Here are a few that you should consider.
- With a parenting plan, conflicts are less likely
To start with, conflicts are less likely with a parenting plan. This is because your parenting plan will go over what to do if you and the other parent can’t agree on something. You’ll also have guidance on what you’re expected to do as well as your rights as a parent.
- With a good parenting plan, custody won’t be confusing
A good parenting plan details out your custody arrangements. You’ll be able to go back to that plan to see which days you’re supposed to have custody, which holidays a child will spend with a parent as well as other information about what to do in emergencies or if an illness impacts a scheduled custody date.
- A parenting plan makes parents work together to find resolutions
Finally, remember that a parenting plan makes parents come together to work out how they want to raise their children before they finalize their divorce and custody arrangements. This in itself can help resolve conflicts they may have and set up the co-parenting relationship on a positive note. Many of the conflicts that might have occurred can be worked through in advance, and the decisions made will be included in the parenting plan.
These are a few reasons why a parenting plan agreement is so important. A good plan can make a difference in your children’s lives and make your life easier as a coparent as well.