Your child has always been at the center of your parenting decisions. Nothing has changed in that regard as you navigate your divorce or legal separation. That’s why our family lawyers encourage you to create an airtight parenting plan that will provide stability and reduce conflict.
There are many points to consider during this process, from visitation schedules and holidays to education and extracurricular activities. It’s a good idea to speak with an attorney for one-on-one guidance in your unique situation. In the meantime, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Get specific: One of the biggest mistakes that parents make is creating a parenting plan that’s too vague. Be clear on how you will deal with important matters. Don’t forget to include guidelines for medical care, travel restrictions, and other important matters.
- Choose a schedule that works: There are many different ways to organize a parenting schedule. It may change over time to meet your child’s needs. Find one that works for your family, whether it’s a biweekly rotation or another arrangement, making sure not to overlook holidays and special dates.
- Establish communication boundaries: Determine how you and your co-parent will stay in touch and exchange updates about your child. You may decide to talk in person, over the phone, through email, or via text messages.
- Figure out financial responsibilities: Explain how you and the other parent will pay for medical and dental costs, school fees, extracurricular activities, and other expenses. Develop a system to track spending.
- Iron out exchanges: Who will drive your child for exchanges? Where will they take place? What will you and your co-parent do in the event of a delay or schedule change? Answer these questions in your plan to help things run smoothly.
Let Us Help You Create a Parenting Plan
It can be overwhelming to create a parenting plan on your own. You have to make sure that it complies with state custody guidelines and includes all the relevant information. Our lawyers can eliminate the guesswork and prepare a professional document that works for your family.
Call 402-371-4300 to start building your perfect parenting plan with our family law attorneys. Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht provides compassionate and patient legal assistance to clients from Omaha, Norfolk, Lincoln, and other areas of Nebraska.