Most divorcing parents will say that above all else, what they want to prioritize is the well-being of their child and their happiness in the future.
To that end, having a good parenting plan in place is one of the best ways to ensure that this happens.
Writing down potential ideas
Custody Xchange discusses matters revolving around parenting plans. Even when going into mediation, it is always best to have as many things worked out in advance as possible.
Write down all potential ideas and the way of thinking that got to that point. Having this information on hand will help the mediator understand what each parent believes are the most important aspects of childrearing.
A few of the most important points to cover include but are not limited to:
- Transition plans for going between homes
- Custody schedule and details
- Communication plans between parents
- Communication plans between parents and the kids
- Division of holidays and vacation time
- Access to medical records and school information
Determining rights and responsibilities
It should also include who holds decision-making responsibilities and rights, as well as routine childcare decisions. This includes matters like chores, allowance, discipline techniques and more.
Taking care of these matters in advance allow couples to work out as much as possible as early as possible, but it also helps identify any areas that might need a little extra attention during mediation.
Above all, mediation lets couples keep control over their divorce and future. Even if some things may need a little extra elbow grease for an agreement to be reached, it is ultimately beneficial to all.