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What to Include in Your Co-Parenting Plan Checklist

Posted on in Divorce

Kane County Divorce Lawyer

If you are going through a divorce and have children, there are many aspects which need to be worked out. Once the divorce process is complete, you and your ex-spouse will have to come up with a co-parenting plan for your children. 

Scheduling information, aspects of how you intend to raise your children, and communication about what happens in your child’s daily life are all important elements to consider as co-parents. Once you are divorced, it can become more difficult to do everything you need for your child, so a good co-parenting plan with your ex-spouse is critical to ensure they are raised the way you both would like. 

Co-Parenting Plan Template 

A co-parenting plan needs to encompass nearly every aspect of the child’s life. Co-parenting planners may include:

  • Decisions made every day for how to raise the child. Examples include what they eat for meals and how long they can play video games or watch TV;
  • Major parenting decisions such as religious practices, where they attend school, and medical decisions; and
  • How time the child spends with each parent is divided. For example, having one parent only handle day-to-day activities while the other parent gets to take the child on fun recreational activities is not the best method. It is important to have a balance so the child does not view one parent as the “fun one” and one parent as the “mean one.” 

Co-Parenting Plans That Work

Co-parenting plans differ, but these five ideas can help make sure all necessary areas are covered:

  • A general outline of the agreement between the parents. Includes information such as stating the parents will cooperate with each other and foster a good relationship between the child and the other parent;
  • Stating that the parents will work with each other for parental responsibilities such as education, health, and religion;
  • Specifying how the child will spend their time;
  • Details on how the family will spend holidays and special days; and
  • How long the agreement will be valid, and a section stating the plan will be modified at a later time if necessary.

Contact a West Dundee Divorce Lawyer

Family dynamics change after a divorce, and making sure your child is properly nurtured and taken care of can be difficult without sufficient planning. A solid parenting plan will help alleviate that difficulty. If you need assistance with your divorce case, the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC is here for you. Our helpful Algonquin family law attorneys provide compassionate care for our clients while getting the results they need. Call us at 847-428-7725 to set up a free consultation.

Source:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/co-parenting-after-divorce/201510/developing-co-parenting-plans

 

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