20 Jun Family Law Experts Explain The Importance Of A Parenting Plan
The separation process can be difficult for any couple, but there are even more challenges when there are children involved. When separating, it’s important for parents to take the initiative and get an official parenting plan in place in order to keep the children’s well-being protected at all times. At Lapointe Family Law, we are a team of family law experts that will work with you to ensure that your children have as much certainty and routine as possible in this suddenly different time.
What Is A Parenting Plan?
In simple terms, a parenting plan is a written document in which parents outline exactly how they intend to parent their children together. Both parents should collaborate on and agree to the parenting plan, which can then be made an official parenting order that each should follow.
Who Needs A Parenting Plan?
A parenting plan is essential for any parents who intend to parent separately. Parenting plans are not only for parents in conflict; they can be helpful for parents who are still on good terms with each other as a tool to outline their exact rights and responsibilities with regard to the children.
Why Is It Important To Have A Parenting Plan In Place?
Parenting plans act as an agreement between the parents, leaving a lot less room for conflict. As it clearly defines what is expected, there is less room for parents to argue over who does what. It also creates a sense of security and routine for the children, as their communication and visitation with each parent can be consistent and routine.
What Goes Into A Parenting Plan?
Parenting plans should be unique to each case. Parenting plans can include:
- The children’s primary residence
- Each parent’s visitation and contact with the children
- Contact and visitation with other family members like grandparents or siblings
- Which parent is involved in activities with children (such as school, homework, sports and extracurriculars)
- How decision making and parental responsibilities will be shared
- How special occasions, religious occasions, cultural events, school holidays and such will be shared
- What process should be followed if either parent needs to change the parenting plan
Even when separating, co-parenting is possible with the help of a clear, fair parenting plan that both parents have collaborated on with the help of family law experts. Putting the children and their wellbeing first is that much easier when parents have already agreed to their approach to parenting and put that in writing.
At Lapointe Family Law, your trusted family law experts, we understand what children and parents need and will help you put a plan together that will work well for both the children and the parents. To find out more about our parenting plans and orders or any of our other services, visit our website.