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Things to consider when creating a parenting plan

Creating a parenting plan during your divorce is easier said than done, as you'll need to closely work with the other parent in order to figure everything out.

Despite the fact that you may not agree on every last detail, you'll want to go into the process with the idea that compromise will go a long way in putting a bad situation in the past.

Since your parenting plan is so important to your future, you don't want to make any rash decisions. Here are some of the many things you should consider:

  • How can you best meet your child's needs in regards to: health, protection, guidance, love and medical care.
  • Your child's age, abilities and experiences. Since every child is different every parent needs a unique plan.
  • The best way to provide your child with consistent daily care, regardless of if you have physical custody or not.
  • Create a plan with enough details that both parents know their rights.

Along with the above, there's one thing you should never forget: Flexibility is an absolute must. Even though you have a parenting plan backed by the court, you need to remain flexible as there will be times when you have to stray from what you have in place.

A parenting plan can be a challenge to create, but that doesn't mean you can give up and hope for the best. You need to work on this during your divorce, knowing that the plan you put in place will go a long way in helping you achieve a better relationship with your child in the future.

Source: California Courts, "Parenting Plans," accessed May 25, 2018

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