Divorce can be a challenging time for families, especially when it comes to co-parenting. Creating a comprehensive parenting plan can help make the transition smoother for parents and children.
Step 1: Establish a Parenting Schedule
The first step in creating a comprehensive parenting plan is establishing a schedule. This schedule should include a regular weekly schedule and a holiday and vacation schedule. When creating the schedule, it's important to consider the child's age, school schedule, and extracurricular activities.
Step 2: Determine Decision-Making Responsibilities
In addition to a parenting schedule, a comprehensive parenting plan should also outline decision-making responsibilities. This includes decisions related to education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. Both parents must be involved in decision-making, but the plan should also outline who has the final say in certain situations.
Step 3: Address Communication and Conflict Resolution
Communication is key in co-parenting, and a comprehensive parenting plan should outline how parents communicate with each other about their children. This includes how often they will communicate, what methods they will use, and how they will handle conflicts that arise.
Step 4: Include Guidelines for Child Support and Expenses
A comprehensive parenting plan should also include guidelines for child support and expenses. This includes how much child support will be paid, when it will be paid, and how expenses related to the child will be divided.
Step 5: Review and Revise the Plan as Needed
Finally, it's important to remember that a comprehensive parenting plan is not set in stone. As children grow and circumstances change, the plan may need to be revised. Both parents must be open to revising the plan as needed to ensure it continues working for everyone involved.
Speak with a Family Law Attorney
If you need assistance creating a parenting plan for your loved one, contact Schipani, Norman & McLain, P.A. today at (941) 499-8154 to learn more about our comprehensive parenting plan services.