Going through a divorce typically results in negative emotional experiences for all of the parties involved. When the divorcing couple shares children, the divorce and custody battles have the potential for prolonged and bitter Indiana family court proceedings. Developing successful parenting plans can prevent these negative experiences and encourage productive co-parenting for your family.
Why do you need a parenting plan?
Children benefit from a post-divorce schedule that prioritizes stability and consistent routines. Developing a successful parenting plan also encourages children to remain close to both parents, which family law advocates strongly endorse due to the long-term psychological benefits it offers children.
What factors affect the development of your parenting plan?
Deciding what your parenting plan should include will vary for every family.
Considerations that may affect what you include in your parenting plan include:
- The number of children you have
- How old your children are
- What type of school your children attend
What should you include in your parenting plan?
Successful parenting plans take into consideration a variety of your children’s activities. While planning child living arrangements makes up a significant portion of an effective parenting plan, other information needs to be included.
A well-written parenting plan delegates parental schedules and responsibilities concerning the following aspects of a child’s life:
- A detailed parenting schedule
- Medical care and insurance responsibilities
- Child support
- Financial expenses for the child beyond the typical support
- Day care, preschool, and babysitting arrangements
- Pick-ups and drop-offs for school
- Extracurricular activities
How do you incorporate a parenting plan into your daily lifestyle?
All successful parenting plans include the flexibility needed for disagreements and adding to the plan as the children grow. Having a plan that prioritizes the children’s well-being contributes toward a successful parenting plan that benefits the entire family.