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Tips for Creating a Solid Parenting Plan After Divorce

If you have children and are going through the divorce process, it is crucial you focus on developing an in-depth parenting plan during the divorce so you can cut down on the potential turbulence your children will face in their new lives once the divorce has been finalized. You must create a plan that emphasizes structure and stability, and meets all of your children’s needs.

Here are a few tips for developing a solid parenting plan.

  • Get it done quickly: The divorce process is hard enough on kids already without all of the uncertainty that would occur without a parenting plan. The faster you’re able to come to an agreement on the issues in your parenting plan, the better you’ll be able to maintain a stable life for your children.
  • Focus on the kids: It’s easier said than done to put your own selfish interests aside, but you have to remember the focus for your parenting plan should be what’s in the best interest of your children. Try to keep that the focus in all of your negotiations.
  • Bring up concerns: If there is any reason to believe your children will not be safe with the other parent, it is important you raise this issue with the court immediately. Examples include a parent who frequently abuses drugs or alcohol, has been physically or emotionally abusive or who engages in criminal activity.
  • Be thorough: Cover as many aspects of custody issues as possible, including time sharing, visitation, transportation, holidays, activities, education, etc.

These are just a few examples of some of the issues to take into consideration when developing a parenting plan during your divorce. For more information, contact an experienced divorce lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.