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What to include in a parenting plan for children of divorce

Once a divorce in California has been finalized, the parents need to come up with a parenting plan to ensure that they’re both acting in their child’s best interest. A parenting plan should include agreed-upon rules regarding custody, transportation, health, education and more. Here’s what parents should consider as they draft a parenting plan.

What should parents consider when creating a parenting plan?

When dealing with custody issues, parents need to figure out how their children will spend the week. They need to figure out who gets custody of the children during the week and on weekends. Additionally, divorced spouses need to consider day care, after-school activities, sports events and other activities that require transportation. They’ll have to organize their work schedules to devise an arrangement that works for everybody.

While coming up with a parenting plan, parents also need to consider who will make decisions for their children. They may agree to let one parent make certain decisions on his or her own. For example, the custodial parent may make decisions regarding the child’s education. However, both parents may agree to work together if they ever need to make medical decisions for their children. They should consider a variety of factors, including health, education, religion, nutrition and other responsibilities.

Where can parents find assistance with custody issues?

If a divorced parent needs assistance with issues relating to child custody and parenting time, he or she may wish to speak with an attorney for guidance. A lawyer may help a divorced individual negotiate with his or her ex and agree on an arrangement that works for everyone. An attorney may help his or her client decide if he or she should seek full custody or agree to a joint custody arrangement. Additionally, a lawyer may assist his or her client with child support issues and visitation rights.