Kimberly Steinhoff January 12, 2022 Parenting
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.
In Georgia, grandparents have been awarded visitation rights as have step-parents who had a close bond with the child at the time they were married to the child`s parent. Again, as long as the judge finds the visitation is in the best interest of the child, visitation is often awarded in these circumstances.
When it comes time to negotiate with the other parent about changes to the parenting plan, hopefully you are both on the same page about the changes. If the other parent is not open to the revisions, you may need to enter into some negotiations to change the parenting plan on your children`s behalf.
The family court wants to see an arrangement that represents the best interests of the children. Ideally, both parents will work together to be involved in their children`s lives and will set up a reasonable arrangement that does not disrupt their environment too much.
Together as parents you must decide how you will share the responsibility of making decisions for your children. These are major decisions such as religion, education and medical care. The parental responsibility to make decisions is called sole custody. The next section in your plan should determine how the children`s time is spent with parents. This is known as physical custody. It is useful to create a time schedule or calendar that outlines when the children is in the care of each parent.
The best part of being a grandparent perhaps is that you get to visit the kids when they are smiling, and the parents have to deal with them all the time, change their diapers, and take care of all the other nonsense. You get the best of all worlds. It is fun to watch the grandkids run around and play, and reminisce about what it was like to be young, or how you raised your own kids. Having grandkids visit is fun, raising grandkids can be quite a chore, perhaps you are getting too old for that.