Creating a Parenting Plan
Key Points
  • Written parenting plans are essential in a separation or divorce. But it is also imperative that both you and your ex-spouse be flexible. Remember you are dealing with your children, sports, after school activities, friends, vacations, and any other item that might need to be addressed.
  • This plan helps you, your spouse, and your children know what is going on and when. Do not just rely on a verbal agreement, get it in writing.

A verbal agreement is a good start, but you should really get it on paper with the backing of signatures and a notary public.

A written parenting agreement is highly recommended, to the extent that certain states have made them mandatory in the state statutes. A parenting agreement should be rather comprehensive, because there are an enormous amount of issues to be addressed when it comes to the rearing of any child. A parenting agreement should always be in writing and each parent, if possible, should work together as a team in developing this agreement. No one knows your child better than you and the other parent, so it does not make much sense to have a lawyer create one for you. Your lawyer may provide you an example, but it is your job, as a divorcing and/or separating parent to make that agreement specialized for your child and your situation. The parenting agreement will help bring you and the other parent to the same playing field as well as secure the future and everyday life of your child. Between weekend or monthly visitation/parenting-time, it can be very difficult to manage any sort of routine or rituals if you and the other parent are not working from the same parenting plan.

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This extraordinary book and computer disk offers separating or divorcing parents a sure-fire way to create a workable, practical parenting plan/agreement that is in the best interest of their children.

Author: Jayne A. Major, Ph.D.

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