There are numerous important factors to settle during divorce, with child custody being at the top of the list. If you and your former spouse are able to remain amicable, then you may be able to come up with a parenting plan. This is a legally binding agreement that both parents come up with to ensure that the needs of the child are met.
Once the court has approved the plan, both parents must stick to the terms. Unfortunately, issues can arise once the plan is brought to fruition. Some of the more common pitfalls with parenting plans are outlined below.
Educational development of the child
Children develop quickly, and their educational needs and desires will change as they get older. Education doesn’t come cheap, particularly if your child wishes to go to college at some stage. Your parenting plan should address how the fees will be covered, and whether your child will attend a state school or a private institution.
Omitting a dispute resolution strategy
Many former spouses are able to move forward and work well together as co-parents. There is no reason why this cannot be the case in your situation. However, even in situations where both parents generally get on, disagreements can arise. What’s important is that you have strategies in place to resolve these disputes. These can be included in your parenting plan documents. Many couples include a provision for mediation, which means they can avoid lengthy and costly court battles should a difference in opinion present itself.
Co-parenting after divorce can be a challenge, but with the appropriate tools, you and your ex can make it work. If you are concerned about your custody rights, make sure you assess all of your legal options.