Parenting plans may seem like a very tedious and unconventional way of maintaining a relationship between parents and children, but it becomes an unfortunate reality for parents mired in disputes over exchanges, time with extended families or participation in extracurricular activities.
Ideally, parents (and their attorneys) will work on comprehensive plans that give specific details on common issues that may arise. This post will highlight some of the benefits of negotiating a parenting plan.
A blueprint for resolving disputes - Parenting plans essentially create a written record of what parents agreed to regarding how they would co-parent.
Methods for change - Any deviations would have to be agreed to by both parties and modifications would have to be in writing, so both parents have a record of the changes
Keeps parents out of court - Plans also include clauses that require parents to mediate disputes before returning to court. This can save a great deal of time and money.
Shows that parenting is important to both parties - Parenting plans show other caregivers, schools, and the court that both parents value the time they spend with their children
Children will learn problem solving techniques - Children are more likely to fare better when they follow a plan suited to their best interests.
Indeed, crafting parenting plans take quite a bit of work. Each parent has to recognize their strengths and faults and be willing to compromise on what they disagree with. If you have questions about parenting plans and what may be included, an experienced family law attorney can help.
Source, DivorceHQ.com, Top 10 reasons to use parenting plan mediation in divorce