If you and your ex have decided to call it quits, it can be difficult to learn how to share the responsibilities of raising your child once you are no longer together. Both you and your child’s other parent will have to learn the art of coparenting to give your child the support they need to thrive. While you and your ex may not like each other, it is important to find a way to work together to do what is in the best interest of your child, no matter the circumstances.
What should be included in a parenting plan?
During the divorce process, you and your ex can come up with a parenting plan to address the various child custody issues that may arise. Your parenting plan may answer some or all of the following questions:
- Which parent’s house will serve as the primary residence?
- How will your family navigate pickups/drop-offs?
- What extra-curricular activities will the child participate in and who will pay for these activities?
- What religion will the child be raised with, if any? Will they participate in any religious activities?
- Who will be in charge of making decisions relating to the child’s healthcare?
- Where will the child attend school?
Prioritize your child while creating your agreement
Developing a parenting agreement with someone you are no longer in a relationship with can be difficult, but your focus should always be on the well-being of your child. A family law attorney can help make sure that your child’s needs are prioritized as you create your parenting plan. Once you and your ex have agreed on the parenting plan and it has been approved by the court, it becomes legally binding and you both must abide by the terms of the plan.