Anne Sanborn June 24, 2021 Parenting
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.
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.
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.
Because the temporary parenting plan acts as a bridge during divorce proceedings, it will eventually be replaced by a permanent parenting plan. It can be as detailed or as simple as the parents desire. Parents may create a temporary arrangement based on their children`s needs and their own schedules using custody software such as Custody X Change. The software offers detailed templates to help parents create clear, workable plans that can be printed out and submitted to attorneys or to the family court. Generally, the courts will approve a parent-created plan as long as it shows that the children`s needs are being met in the best possible way.
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.
The solution is to focus on the needs of the child. The mother and father should make a parenting time schedule that lets the child be with both parents in a situation where the child will benefit. If the child is old enough, parents may also want to consult with the child to find out what he/she thinks about the schedule.