Joint Custody Parenting Plan
Child custody is an extremely important thing to focus on for co-parents who are going through a divorce. For many, the issue of custody is pushed into the back of their minds simply because they are caught up in their own drama with the divorce case. Co-parents must remember that overall, it is most likely that their children will be most affected by the divorce in general. Agreeing on a type of custody and forming a parenting plan are the most important steps to accomplish. A joint custody parenting plan is typically favored by most co-parents and professionals, and we’ll explain why.
What is a joint custody parenting plan?
In order to understand what a joint custody parenting plan is it’s important to know that there are multiple different types of custody that co-parents can agree to implement. Joint custody is a specific type of custody arrangement that allows both co-parents to share an equal part in parenting their child. This is simply a general explanation of a joint custody arrangement. For more information on types of child custody and joint custody please read our article, Child Custody Questions. A parenting plan is essentially a document that outlines how you and your co-parent have agreed to implement joint custody of your child. The most basic parenting plan would include a parenting schedule, which will define how custody of the child will be split between the co-parents. Other issues can also be covered within the parenting plan such as splitting custody expenses, transportation methods, treatment of holidays and school vacations, and so on.
Joint custody is a concept that has been gaining a lot of popularity from co-parents and family law professionals alike. It’s important to understand that most family law professionals see joint custody as being in the best interest of the child. The reason for this is because, with joint custody, both co-parents play an active role in parenting their child. This is seen to significantly aide the development of the child, as if they were in a natural family setting.
Creating an effective joint custody parenting plan
Creating an effective joint custody parenting plan is no easy task. In order to create a joint custody parenting plan there must be a lot of cooperation between both co-parents in order to make agreements on custody issues. This is often the biggest difficulty that co-parents have when creating their joint custody parenting plan. Conflict is something that co-parents should try to avoid at all costs. The best technique for creating an effective joint custody parenting plan is to sit down with your co-parent and take it one step at a time; focus on each issue in your joint custody parenting plan separately.
For specific questions and assistance with creating your own joint custody parenting plan be sure to get into contact with a family law professional in your area or state. Each state across the country has their own laws and regulations when it comes to family law and more specifically child custody. For a list of family law resources found in your state visit our Divorcing, What You Can Expect by State resource guide.
Implementing your joint custody parenting plan
Once you and your co-parents have come up with an effective joint custody parenting plan you can finally start to implement it. In order to have a successful relationship as co-parents it’s important to remember that communication is key. The OurFamilyWizard website® has created an array of tools that will make each and every aspect of your joint custody parenting plan much easier. For a full list of these tools and their benefits check out our Features page.