An already complex divorce can be made even more complicated when kids are involved. It’s the parents’ duty to create a parenting plan that provides their children with as comfortable an environment as possible. This can be difficult when such powerful emotions are at play. Here’s a brief look at the process of creating a parenting plan.
Determine Who Will Get Custody
For some parents, it’s easy to choose a custody arrangement; for others, it can be long, painful process. Generally speaking, child custody should go to the parent who is best equipped to provide for the child financially and emotionally. Some parents are able to work out a join custody plan wherein the child spends equal time with each parent. During the divorce process, the parents should also decide whether they want to be consulted on academic and religious matters pertaining to the child.
Work Out a Visitation Schedule
Once custody established, the parents must work out a visitation schedule that works for the child and the noncustodial parent. An example visitation schedule is dinner once a week plus a prolonged visit every other weekend. The child’s extracurricular activities and the noncustodial parent’s work obligations should be factored into the planning of a workable visitation schedule.
Communicate with Your Child
Throughout the whole divorce process, it’s important for both parents to communicate with their child. Ask your child what sort of living situation would be more comfortable, and don’t make him or her feel like he or she has to choose between you—you’ll both be a part of their life, after all. Let your child know that your decision to get a divorce has nothing to do with them, and that you will both continue to love and support them.
The divorce attorneys at Moreno Family Law can help you get what you want out of the divorce proceedings. We will work hard to find a solution that is both in your interest and in your child’s interest. Call our San Jose office at (408) 266-9011 or visit our website to learn more about our family law services.