A divorcing couple could face issues and disputes when discussing their child’s welfare. They could have conflicting opinions on how to raise their child. However, these concerns are vital parts of the divorce process, requiring proper documentation in the form of a parenting plan.
This plan is a court-approved document establishing agreements and arrangements regarding the child’s welfare and relationships with their parents. It could include concerns about their education, health care, emotional needs and time-sharing setups.
However, the parents and the court should ensure the parenting plan considers the policies concerning the child’s well-being, such as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act.
Additionally, this plan must prioritize the child’s best interests. It should address the following:
- Distribution of parenting tasks, ensuring both parties contribute to raising the child
- Time-sharing arrangements specifying the child’s schedule with each parent
- Designation of responsibilities of each parent, including health care, school activities and other obligations
- Specific channels the parents will use to communicate with the child and each other
- Proper filing of the UCCJEA form
The court might recommend that divorcing couples discuss these concerns out of court in equally formal settings, such as mediation or parent facilitation. Doing so could help parents arrive at an amicable agreement that considers their child’s unique needs.
Maintaining involvement in the child’s life
Parents could have a considerable influence on children’s lives. Their involvement could be even more crucial when their parents are separating or divorcing. A divorce might end a marriage but does not terminate parental commitments to the child. Parenting plans and other tools could help address the child’s needs to thrive and live fruitful lives.