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A Parenting Plan Is A Great Help During Divorce

Aug 17, 2007
A parenting plan is of tremendous use as it will help in a number of ways including during divorce proceedings. Such instances make it necessary for parents to get together and draw up a plan to provide a cushion for the welfare of the children for the future. In fact, a good parenting plan could be the best gift that parents can give to their children in the event of a divorce.

Helps See through Difficult Times

Parents that have children together will be stuck, and even if the divorce is messy, and the other partner is very difficult, a parenting plan will help parents see through the difficult times with least pain especially when it comes to the children. Divorce does not mean that the parenting responsibilities are terminated, because the parents would still need to share responsibility in rearing the children.

The parenting plan should focus on helping make arrangements for the children and should be discussed with them as well as with all others that are involved. It should contain information, guidance as well as ideas, though each of these plans will differ given that circumstances change, and so requires being adjusted to suit individual needs.

After chalking out a basic plan, it is a good idea to make a copy of it as well as provide a copy to anyone else concerned such as grandparents and the children, if they are old enough. There may also be circumstances arising in which domestic violence ensues or there is risk of harm befalling the child which would necessitate that the parents seek legal advice to form an appropriate specific plan for such an eventuality.

Making a parenting-plan and signing it signifies that it is a statement of the parent's intent, though it is not a legal document and is not an order of the court nor is it intended to be enforced by the court. In case the parent(s) feel that there is a need for a court order, they should seek legal help. The basic objective of such a plan is to help parents make arrangements which change with different circumstances and passage of time. So, it may require regular revisions.

In the event of dissolution, the parent will have to have details of the plan completely worked out and agreed to before filing the parental plan. Most often, the finalized plan is filed shortly before the trial or settlement conference and may form a part of the settlement or pre-order brief. Also, some courts stipulate that the custody and visitation or parenting-plan be in a specific form while others do not. It is thus necessary to check with the local court to ascertain exact requirements.
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