A parenting plan is a detailed description of how both parents will continue to co-parent their children. Often a couple’s thoughts about a parenting plan focus on who is going to see whom when and how often. This is just part of the plan.
The completed parenting plan includes a number of things, among the issued covered: custody and visitation rules & schedules, how the parents are going to communicate with one another and when, child support, health insurance, education decisions and funding, and children’s investments/accounts if any.
At the onsite of the mediation process, many couples prefer to keep the parenting plan casual and unstructured. Planning to work things out as issues arise. However, at CFR we recommend that the couple work in mediation to develop a highly detailed and structured parenting plan and child custody agreement, so that it exists in the event that it is needed in the future.
Too often, couples with the best intentions find themselves embroiled in ongoing conflict with one another over issues that could have been mapped out in the beginning. Planning at the onset of the divorce or separation prevents the hurt, frustration, anger, and cost that is incurred when circumstances change or expectations are not met in the future.
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- Role of Emotions In Conflict
- Parenting Issue: Religion
- Virtual Visitation Option For Divorced Parents
- The Problem With Litigation
- Think of the Children: The Importance of Child Custody Agreements
- Bringing Up Baby In A Divorce
- Pride = Increased Conflict
- Parenting and Child Custody Mediation
A CFR Mediation Coordinator is available to answer any questions that parents may have regarding our services and how mediation can facilitate a peaceful positive resolution to parenting and child custody issues. Contact us for a no obligation consultation.