If you are getting divorced or will be separating from your partner, then it is essential for you to put together a parenting plan that will make the transition from one home to two easier for you, your ex-spouse, and the children. Here's what you should include to ensure your parenting plan covers everything you need.
Who Is Going to Be the Primary Custodial Parent?
If you are not seeking joint custody, then the primary custodial parent will need to be identified in the parenting plan. It is important to note that even if you are not the primary custodial parent, that does not remove the rights of the other parent. They still have rights to visitation as well as seeing the child's medical records and school records.
Developing the Custody Schedule
The parenting schedule will need to outline when the child will be with which parent. You will need to take the following things into consideration when putting together the parenting plan.
- Your child's school schedule
- Each parent's work schedule
- The child's extracurricular activities
- Each parent’s ability to care for the children
These factors can play a significant role in how you develop a custody schedule that is in your child’s best interests.
Factoring in Holidays
Holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. They can be even more difficult if both parents are fighting about who the child will spend the holidays with, which is why it is best to include the holiday schedule in your parenting plan. Knowing these details ahead of time will ensure you and your ex can co-parent in a more peaceful manner.
Child Support Plan
Child support is usually decided by the court. However, this is something that should be considered when creating a parenting plan. Extra costs, such as school supplies, school trips, medical bills, and dental expenses should be included.
Child custody matters are never easy to go through, especially following a divorce. At Embry Family Law P.C., our San Diego child custody attorneys are always available to provide sound guidance as you navigate these tricky waters. Our skilled team will do everything we can to provide you with the resources and information you need to make the best decision for you and your child’s best interests.
To discuss your child custody case with our San Diego divorce lawyers, call us today at (619) 485-6476.