When parents go through a divorce, one of their main concerns is making sure their children have what they need during this time of transition. For many kids, what they need is regular access to both parents and a sense of security and stability. This can come with a thoughtful and carefully drafted parenting plan.
Every North Carolina family is different, and every parenting plan should meet the unique needs and objectives of the family. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to child custody, and you have the right to address concerns that are specific to your family in your parenting plan. This includes things such as medical needs, unique work schedules and other factors that impact you or your children.
Elements of a good parenting plan
Parents have the right to negotiate together to create a custody arrangement that works best for their children. You and the other parent may be going through a divorce, and there could be hard feelings between the two of you, but that does not mean that you cannot work together to create a meaningful parenting plan that will work for your family for years to come. Some of the things you may want to include in your plan are:
- How much time each parent will have with the children
- Drop-off and pick-up procedures when going between houses
- How parents will make decisions for the kids
- How parents will share time during summer vacations, holidays and more
- Access to extended family members, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and others
- How parents will resolve conflict in the event that a dispute arises in the future
These are only a few things that can help you complete your custody arrangement and parenting plan. The more thorough and thoughtful your plan is, the less likely it will be that you experience confusion and disputes after the divorce is final.
The future of your family
If you are going through a divorce, you understand the future of your family is on the line. It is beneficial to set aside temporary emotions and feelings in order to arrive at resolutions that are practical and sustainable.
The ultimate goal of any parenting plan or custody arrangement is the protection of the best interests of the child. However, that does not mean that you should not diligently protect your parental rights. Working with an experienced legal ally can help you make decisions that make sense for your family and allow you to maintain a strong role in the lives of your children.