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Three ways a lawyer can help you form a parenting plan

June 1, 2018

Parenting is difficult, and co-parenting has even more challenges. If you are divorced or in the process of separating, and you have kids with your ex, you will need to figure out what visitation arrangement works best for all parties. Assuming you intend to share custody, creating a parenting plan is a great way to minimize the stress of negotiating custody and ensure that your kids can expect consistency.

How exactly does one create a parenting plan, though, and how can you make yours the most effective? There are a few key details to keep in mind when you are drafting this plan, and an attorney can help you at every step. Here are three ways a legal professional can help you draft your parenting plan: 

Ensure legal compliance

Divorce and custody are legal issues. As such, any agreement you draft involving these issues must be satisfactory to the court governing your case. If a court has decreed that custody should be split between each parent, for example, your parenting plan must satisfy this stipulation. A lawyer can help you review the details of the plan and confirm that it meets the legal criteria that have been established.

Act as a mediator

Lawyers and mediators typically fulfill different roles, but when you collaborate with an attorney on a parenting plan, they can help mediate any tension or disputes between you and your ex. When you are trying to determine how your child’s time will be spent between parents, things can get heated. An impartial third party is an asset in settling such issues and staying focused on your kids’ well-being.

Plan thoroughly with detail

One of the biggest components of drafting a successful parenting plan is ensuring that it is thorough and detailed. When you create a loose, flexible plan, it can leave room for disagreement and dispute, which you are trying to avoid in the first place. An attorney can help you plan for all the what-ifs and potential problems that a good parenting plan will have covered.


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