When two parents divorce, it can have a significant emotional impact on the children. Some Kentucky families may find that it is beneficial to work together on a parenting plan that allows the children to have some continuity of lifestyle and stability, even long after the divorce process is final.
You and your spouse have the right to draft a parenting plan that serves the unique interests of your individual family. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting plans, but you would be wise to make sure that yours includes considerations of all of the important issues that could affect your children. With the right parenting plan in place, your family could enjoy a more peaceful post-divorce future.
Custom tailoring your plan
Litigation is always a choice, but it is never the only option. Instead of fighting it out in court over child custody and visitation schedules, you and your spouse have the right to keep these issues out of court. No one knows your family like you do, and resolving these issues around the negotiating table instead of in a courtroom can be beneficial for everyone. You do not have to get along with or even like your spouse to work on a parenting plan together.
Including the right elements in your plan
Every family is different, and therefore, every parenting plan will be different. However, there are certain factors that you may want to include in your plan in order to avoid future complications. These include:
- Holiday visitation and schedules, including Christmas vacations and summer breaks
- How parents will share the authority to make important decisions for the child, or if one parent will have this right
- How the children will have contact with other family members, such as grandparents, cousins and more
- How much time a child will spend with each parent
- Where the children will live
- The way that two parents will resolve issues should they arise after the divorce is final
Working on a parenting plan together does not mean that you must relinquish your parental rights. With help, you may both protect your parental rights and choose the situation that is in the best interests of your children.
Custody is a complex issue, and it is not always easy to reach a beneficial solution regarding what will work best for your children. It can be helpful to secure counsel and guidance as early as possible in the divorce process.