Parental teamwork paves the way to a workable child custody plan
Divorce may be on the horizon, but you and your spouse may still have children to raise, children who must adjust to the breakup of the family unit.
You will need guidelines to help you manage your new role as co-parents, and teamwork is a good way to go about preparing a successful child custody plan.
Most judges in Pennsylvania require divorcing parents to submit a child custody plan or parenting plan. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are able to work together to create such a plan, you can avoid having to go to court to battle over custody concerns.
Every child custody plan is unique, but all will include basic child-raising details. To begin with, name the primary residence for your child. Go on to describe the day-to-day visitation schedule you and the other parent work out. You can change or expand upon this schedule to allow for holidays, vacation time, birthdays and other special occasions. Your plan should also explain how you will go about making major decisions concerning your child’s education, healthcare, discipline and other important considerations. Also, include how you and the other parent will communicate about upcoming plans or issues involving your child.
The view of the court
You and the other parent should build your child custody plan around your work schedules as well as your child’s schedule. With legal guidance, you can ensure a well-written plan that leaves nothing out. Always bear in mind that the judge who reviews your plan will want to confirm that these guidelines for your coming role as co-parents cover essential points and serve the best interests of your child.