Your parenting plan is going to make a huge difference in how your child is raised and how you’re able to handle conflicts and differences between yourself and ex-spouse. A parenting plan’s entire purpose is to make the future easier and to give you and your ex a set of guidelines as you move forward as co-parents.
There are four things that every parenting plan should have. Some of the essential topics to discuss include:
- A schedule for daily life with the addition of holidays
- Rules on who can or cannot make medical decisions
- Your child’s education
- Your child’s religion upbringing
Every family is different, but these topics should be addressed to make sure that you have a schedule that your child, and you, can abide by. You also want to know who can make decisions in an emergency and where you child is going to go to school. In the case that you and your ex don’t share a religion or have preferences about when your child should be allowed to explore religion, that topic should also be addressed.
Co-parenting after divorce can be tricky if you don’t sit down and talk about the basics. You don’t want to be on different pages when it comes to where you’re comfortable with your child studying or who can make medical decisions for them. If you’d like to receive support while you work through these issues, then your attorney may be able to help you negotiate and discuss the options with your ex-spouse. Both you and your ex should agree to the parenting plan to make things easier in the future and to prevent conflicts.