During a separation, it is important for parents to have a parenting plan in place that is agreed upon and understandable by all parties. This can be challenging to reach for some couples, as custody and visitation are sensitive topics covered during a divorce. However, through mediation, it is possible to create a parenting plan that both parties are satisfied with.
Circling Eagle Law can help prepare individuals for mediating a successful parenting plan through these important tips.
Include a Detailed Schedule
The first step is to come up with a detailed schedule. This should include when the child will be with each parent and any additional provisions such as time for holidays and summer vacations. Once a schedule is made, both parents should agree to it and sign off on it. It is important to note that sometimes it may be necessary to deviate from the schedule. These occurrences should be taken into account on a case-by-case basis.
Have Plans for Transitions Between Homes
Parents should also have a plan for how the child will transition between homes. This includes things such as having a specific place for the child to keep their belongings at each house and making sure that there is always a car seat available. Furthermore, each parent should commit to preparing for visitation in advance and ensure that the children have everything necessary for a successful transition between homes.
Outline Communication Methods
It is also important to have a plan for communication between parents. This can be done by setting up regular check-ins, a communication journal, or even using a parenting app. Regardless of the method chosen, it is important that both parents are on board with it and that they agree to use it in order to avoid any confusion or conflict.
Don't Forget the Finances
Last but not least, it is important to have a plan for how finances will be handled. This includes things such as child support and healthcare costs. Agreeing on these topics in advance can help avoid potential conflict down the road.
An Experienced Mediator Can Help Inform Your Decisions
When working on creating a parenting plan, it is beneficial to have someone assist along the way. An experienced mediator can provide input and lead you to the best decision for you and your family.
Call us at (701) 401-7404 to speak with our attorneys about the mediation process today.