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Creating a suitable post-divorce parenting plan

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2023 | Child Custody & Parenting Time

The top priority for most in Colorado who divorce is to ensure the needs of their children are met while they adjust to their new normal. One of the best ways parents can ensure the well-being of their children remains at the forefront is to create a suitable and comprehensive parenting plan. Here are some helpful strategies that may help parents draft a plan that fits their needs 

Parenting schedules 

One of the key components of a good parenting plan is how physical custody will be shared among parents. Some of the most common options are biweekly rotations and weekend visits. However, some families do well with a 2-2-5-5 rotation, where the children spend two days with one parent, two with the other parent, then five days with the first parent and five days with the other. 

Detail the specifics 

A good parenting plan will also need to address logistical issues. These often include when and how the children will transition between households and which parent is responsible for transportation. It is also a good idea to include details about how parents will communicate with each other or how the children communicate with the other parent when they aren’t together.  

Help is available 

A parenting plan should also include each parent’s role when it comes to making important decisions in the lives of the children, such as health care or education. Creating a suitable parenting plan can be a challenge and is not something that is completed overnight. Fortunately, there is legal assistance available. Parents in Colorado who have questions about parenting plans or any aspect of child custody could benefit by speaking with an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney who is familiar with the laws and guidelines surrounding child custody.