If you are a parent who is getting divorced, chances are you will need to create a parenting plan. This document will outline how you and your ex-spouse will share custody of your child/children. However, not all parenting plans are created equal. In order to create a plan that will work for both you and your child, there are some essential elements that must be included.
Create a comprehensive schedule
This schedule should include when your child will be with each parent, as well as any special circumstances that you need to take into account, such as holidays, extracurricular activities and vacations. Also consider child custody arrangements for weekends and weekdays, as well as how late nights will be handled.
If you have more than one child, it is also important to create a schedule that takes into account the different needs of each child. For example, if you have a child with special needs, they may need to see their primary care physician more often or have a specific therapy schedule.
Make sure to put the child’s needs are always put first
It is important to remember that your child’s needs should always come before your own. This means that you need to be flexible in your parenting plan and be willing to make changes as your child grows and their needs change. For instance, you may need to adjust the schedule if your child starts playing a sport or joins a club. You also need to be able to put aside your own feelings about your ex-spouse and focus on what is best for your child. This can be difficult, but it is important to remember that you are both still parents, even though you are no longer together.
If you can include these essential elements in your parenting plan, you will be well on your way to creating a plan that works for everyone involved. Keep in mind that every family is different and what works for one may not work for another. The most important thing is to be open to communication and willing as often as necessary even if it means making changes to the plan.