Raising Kids After A Divorce: Creating A Parenting Plan Checklist

The truth is, navigating life after a divorce can be difficult.  But the situation is made even worse if the separating parties have to now share custody of a child. Studies typically show that the well-being and upbringing of a child generally fares better when parents cooperate with each other during a divorce. That’s why Family Lawyers will encourage that the divorced parties work together to create a Parenting Plan Checklist, a comprehensive list of agreements, rules, and guidelines regarding the upbringing and care of a child between the two parents.

Topics and considerations covered in the Checklist include:

Habitation and Visitation Your family lawyer will generally recommend that living arrangements and visiting rights be outlined in the Parenting Plan Checklist. These guidelines will establish certain rules and precedents like whether or not the child involved will be living at one residence or two. Other factors that can be arranged in the checklist are how far apart the divorced parties are permitted (or required) to live and what to do in the event of one parent opting to move out of the area. The parenting plan checklist can even dictate the proper allocation and transportation of the child’s belongings as well as which parent may be involved in certain social aspects of the child’s life (i.e. after-school sports games, birthday parties, etc.)

School Parent Plan Checklist can also help navigate how parents can take part in their child’s education within the parameters of family law. The checklist can help set out the rules for major education related topics like special education needs, a change in schools, and much more. It’s also important for parents to clearly state and decide how their child’s school records can be accessed: Will only one parent be in charge of this information? Or can both have access? More mundane, but equally integral to the child’s upbringing, topics include permissions for school field trips and how parent-teacher conferences will work.

Health Needs In the event of medical emergencies, a Parenting Plan Checklist can also help avoid confusion and fights. For example, the Plan can lay out the proper procedure for which parent is to be notified first in case of emergency. This can also be especially important if your child has special needs and one parent may be more antiquated than the other with these specifics needs. Within family law, the Parenting Plan can also clearly dictate who is in charge of submitting a child’s insurance claims as well as who will take on any extra cost associated with the health needs of the child.

The Parenting Plan Checklist is designed to cover nearly every facet of a child’s life in order to ensure the proper cooperation and allocation of duties between the two parents. That being said, it is important to remember that the Checklist is only decided with both parties coming to an agreement on every topic covered within the document. It is not the imposition of law over the family or the favoring of one party over the other. The Parenting Plan Checklist is the culmination and symbol that though two people have decided to divorce, they are still committed to performing the duties to ensure the proper and healthy upbringing of their child.

For more information, contact Wilson Christen LLP or a similar firm.

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