Parenting plans are an important part of making sure you and your ex-spouse can raise your child collaboratively, even though you’re not living together. Parenting plans help keep routines, expectations, and rules the same between homes. They help your child know what to expect no matter where they are.
Good parenting plans typically address a number of factors including:
- The parenting time schedule
- Medical care information, including how it will be paid for, who will provide insurance and who will care for your child when they are sick
- Education information, including where your child will go to school, who pays for expenses related to school, who has to go to parent-teacher conferences and other information regarding education
- Parenting guidelines, such as rules about discipline, diet and other routines
A good parenting plan can help improve and protect your child’s relationship with you and your co-parent. If the two of you are communicating well and raising your child collaboratively, there may be fewer arguments or disruptions that hurt your child’s relationship with you both.
Good communication helps parenting plans work
You may also want to use your parenting plan to set up guidelines on how you and your co-parent will communicate with one another and with your child when they’re not in your home. This can help minimize conflicts about lack of communication.
Your attorney will talk to you about what you can and cannot include in your parenting plan based on state law. This will help you as you work to negotiate the details of your parenting plan with your co-parent.