Parents in Maryland who are seeking a divorce naturally want to protect their child and see their child thrive, despite the break down of their relationship. While the fighting that lead up to the divorce may have caused their child distress, fighting after the divorce can also negatively impact a child. One way that parents can effectively co-parent post-divorce with less conflict is by developing a parenting plan.
What is a parenting plan?
A parenting plan is a written document filed with the court wherein parents agree on issues related to their child. In a parenting plan, parents will agree on when they will each have their child in their care. What this schedule will look like depends on the child’s age and needs, where each parent lives, the parents’ work schedules and any other responsibilities they may have. Children benefit from having a stable, predictable schedule.
What other issues can be covered in a parenting plan?
Parenting plans can be “bare bones” or they can be very detailed. A parenting plan can include agreements on how holidays and special days will be shared and how important decisions related to the child’s education, medical care and religious training will be made. A parenting plan can even cover issues such as screen time, chores and driving.
Learn more about divorce in Maryland
Parenting plans can be worked out through out-of-court negotiations, but it is still important to have legal representation so that you have a solid understanding of your rights and options. Our firm’s webpage on divorce may be useful to parents who want further information on this topic.