You know that the decision to end your marriage will impact your entire family, including your children. The changes brought by divorce are sure to affect the kids, perhaps most of all, which is why many Washington parents take intentional steps to make sure they provide their kids with as much stability and security as possible during this time. One way they accomplish this is through the creation of a reasonable parenting plan.
In most child custody cases, there is significant research indicating that children benefit when allowed to maintain strong relationships with both parents after their divorce. Despite the strong feelings you may have during this process, it may be in the interests of your kids to set aside these feelings and consider what is best for your children long-term. When creating a parenting plan, the needs of the kids should be the main priority.
Your unique family situation
The best parenting plan for your family is the one based on your specific situation. There is no one-size-fits-all parenting plan, and both parents have the opportunity to create a plan for their children that will allow them to have a meaningful relationship with each parent and stay in their normal routine as much as possible. As you are creating your plan, it may be helpful to consider the following:
- Choose a residential schedule that works best for your kids based on their daily lives.
- Outline how you and the other parent will communicate about the kids.
- Consider the best interests of your kids before you make any important decisions.
- Clearly state whether one or both parents will make critical decisions the children.
- Include terms that clearly outline financial responsibility for the needs of the kids.
Having a strong parenting plan will lay the foundation for a peaceful parenting relationship that will benefit your kids for years to come.
Understand your custody rights
It can be difficult to balance your desires and parental rights with what is actually best for your kids. You may find it helpful to work with an experienced professional who can provide insight on the legal issues that pertain to your case, and how you can seek the best possible outcome to your custody and visitation concerns.