Sylvia Brown December 11, 2021 Parenting
Millions of Americans have grown up in households with a step-parent. Whether a stepmother or stepfather, it is not uncommon for children to become just as attached to a step-parent as to the corresponding biological parent. In some cases children may only barely know that biological parent. Despite such a close bond, if the child`s parent and step-parent divorce, it can be difficult for the step-parent to gain legal visitation or custody rights.
Usually, parents request modifications to the parenting plan when there is a significant change to the children`s lives or the parent`s lives. Whether it is a change to the basic custody schedule or a topic in the parenting plan, almost every part of the plan is open to revisions, as long as you can show the court that the changes benefit your children.
Two types of parenting plans exist: temporary and permanent. When there is a divorce that includes children, the family court requires that there must be specific rules and regulations concerning the children, hence the temporary parenting plan. These are used as a bridge during divorce proceedings to preserve the current lifestyle and enhance the stability of the children.
Once the parenting agreement is decided on, the parents can get a copy of the state child support calculator to find out the amount of support that is paid or received. If the parents do not think the amount of support is fair, they can make adjustments to the agreement to change the amount. They can do this by changing the custody schedule or the other information in the agreement. It is important for parents to take ownership for their agreement and child support. They should double check the calculations and do their own math rather than relying on the court. The court may estimate some of the numbers or make mistakes, and it is up to the parents to notice this and fix the situation.
Making an effective parenting plan is not always easy. It can be overwhelming and scary at times trying to figure out what to include to make it the best it can be. Parents may not know what needs to go into a plan to make effective and worthwhile. Let`s take a look at what a basic plan entails so you know what you should include: A parenting time schedule that shows when each parent cares for the child; A schedule for holidays, birthdays, vacations and special events in the child`s life; Information about the child`s expenses including information about child support; A dispute resolution process that determines how parental disagreements are resolved; A process for making changes to the plan as circumstances change and the child grows older; Provisions the parents feel are necessary for providing and caring for their child; and Additional information that will help make the plan more effective.
A joint custody parenting plan has the best chance of success when you and the other parent experience low-conflict communication. Many divorced couples approach communication as a business agreement where they keep emotion out of the conversation. In other words, when you interact with a co-worker, boss or client, you keep things brief, to the point and professional. If you can do this with the other parent, a joint custody parenting plan may work out for your family.
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