How To Create A Parenting Plan That Works

Even if you and your ex-spouse both want the best for your children, it can be difficult to work out a shared parenting plan that works well for everyone involved. At Reade Law Firm, PC, we help divorcing and separating couples create effective parenting plans as part of comprehensive child custody agreements.

We believe the best parenting plans are created when the parties involved have realistic expectations. To start thinking about what a good parenting plan might look like for your family, here are some things to consider.

What did life look like when you were married?

Maintaining familiarity as much as possible often helps children with the adjustment of life post-divorce. For example, it is often preferable to keep your kids in the same school and in the same home.

What are your work schedules?

As much as one parent might want to spend as much time as possible with their children, this can be hard if they are working 60-hours per week, or are "on-call." Make sure your plan is actually feasible, given your work schedules.

How much caregiving experience do you each have?

If one parent has been the primary caregiver, the other parent may need to make some adjustments. A parenting plan can incorporate a transition to one parent having gradually more caregiving responsibilities.

How well can you and your ex-spouse communicate?

Successful shared parenting requires good communication between parents. If you are planning frequent transitions between two homes, you will need to be able to communicate about any changes to plans or your children's schedule, among other things.

Learn More About Creating Parenting Plans That Work

To discuss how our attorney can help you create a parenting plan that works for your family, call Reade Law Firm, PC, at 978-767-4667 or send us an email. Your initial consultation with a lawyer is always free. Our office is located in Peabody, Massachusetts.