The Dos and Don'ts of Creating a Good Parenting Plan

There is no reason to make divorce harder than it has to be, by making poor decisions based on emotion and not what's best for your children. Our Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorneys are here to give you the dos and don'ts of creating a good parenting plan. Parenting plans are important because they can show the court your plan for co-parenting your children once divorced. No matter what, the court rules in the best interest of the children, so your plan needs to be just that - in the best interest of YOUR children. For an experienced divorce attorney in Camden County, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation today.


The Dos and Don'ts of Creating a Good Parenting Plan


The Dos

Do be civil while making a plan with your ex.
You never know how a divorce is going to happen but don't let yourself get lost in it emotionally. Do your best to remain calm and only think of your child when making this parenting plan. Put aside your frustrations with your ex and do what's best for your kid.

Do set guidelines on how to settle arguments throughout your co-parenting process.
Arguments are bound to come up with your ex throughout this process so just be ready for them. Have guidelines set that you and your ex agree on to help resolve arguments. You both should go into this with the shared goal of getting through it as quickly and efficiently as possible for the sake of your kids who you both love.

Do decide on how holidays and weekends will be spent with your children.
Holidays and weekends are big because these are likely times that you both want to spend with your kids making unforgettable memories, but you have now got to learn how to share that time. Keep in mind that your children love you both and accept that things will be different but there can still be a way for you both to have your children in your lives.

The Don'ts

Don't put your needs in front of your child's needs.
Putting the needs of your own before your child's is a bad way to go about creating a good parenting plan. The court can see right through this and reject your parenting plan, so just make things easier and remember what really matters here, your children.

Don't intentionally make a rule to hurt your ex.
Remember, your ex is still one of y our child's parents, and like it or not, that makes them a part of your life still. So, just work with this person as cooperatively as you can and get through this for the sake of your kids.

Don't make statements in your plan that are open to interpretation.
Be clear. This plan is to be presented to the court and needs to make sense. Don't be afraid to over-explain and be sure to have an experienced divorce attorney help you with this to help ensure it has its best chance at succeeding in court.


Let PMCW Law Help YOU With Your Parenting Plan


We know that no divorce is like another and we can be your objective voice of guidance during this emotional time. Not only can we help you draft a successful parenting plan, but we can also help with things like:

  • child support
  • child custody and visitation
  • property settlements
  • adoptions
  • paternity
  • juvenile law
  • prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Call today for your free consultation. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch can be reached at (573) 346-7231.

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