If you are raising a child with your ex, you will need to develop a parenting plan to avoid any confusion about the roles you both expect to play in the child’s life. This will help avoid any unnecessary arguments and allow you to focus on the well-being of your child rather than on petty fighting.
A parenting plan is essentially a written document, which outlines the agreements you have made in regards to how you plan to raise your child. In some cases, it may be a legal document since some states require it. Even if it is not a requirement, however, it is to your benefit to make this arrangement with your ex.
Unsure where to start? Here are some of the things you may want to include in your parenting plan:
- A visitation schedule.
- A residential schedule. This should outline whether or not the child will have a primary residence or if it will alternate and when.
- Projected schedule for parenting time on special occasions, such as birthdays.
- Alternative schedules for school vacations.
- Child care arrangements.
- Relocation requests and how they should be handled, including how much notice a parent should give and how such disputes should be handled.
- Plans for how relationships with extended family members will be maintained.
- Guidelines regarding introducing a child to either parent’s new dating partner.
While you will not be able to plan every single facet of your child’s life, having a plan will offer both parents clarity to avoid miscommunication or arguments.
The Glen Allen child custody lawyers at DeFazio Bal are dedicated to helping clients protect their family’s best interests and helping them obtain the best possible outcome for their situation. Our legal team has over 50 years of combined experience in helping families through difficult divorces.
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