What you should know about parenting plans in divorce

When you are going through a divorce, it is vital to keep your children in mind. Courts favor parents working together to determine the best course of action in regards to custody. If two parents agree to settle custody matters between them, they must formulate a parenting plan.

A proper plan has a few fundamentals. To make sure you hit all of them, make sure you are informed about parenting plans and their execution.

The law

The state of New Hampshire details how to conduct parental petitions and modifications to parental agreements in statute 458-A:3. Within these and other statutes, individuals can find the necessary information for creating a proper custody agreement and parenting plan. By following the regulations in the statutes, parents can be sure to create a proper and binding agreement.

The plan

Along with the general rules that a parenting plan must follow, there are specific aspects that it should cover:

  • Delegation of decision-making responsibilities
  • Parenting schedule and residential responsibilities
  • Legal residency designation for school
  • Child transportation provisions
  • Parental communication of information and child access
  • Plan review and adjustment procedures
  • Dispute resolution methods
  • Additional parenting agreements

Each portion must be complete and in order for the parenting plan to be valid. Both parents must work together to ensure that the plan is fair and works in the best interest of the child.

The plan's execution

Parents must submit their parenting plan to the courts for approval. The courts review the plan with the child in mind and ensure that no provisions will likely cause harm to the child or either parent. After this process, the agreement becomes legally binding between the parties. 

As you can see, a parental plan is important in divorce proceedings. If you are able to work with your ex-spouse in creating an amicable custody arrangement, a parenting plan will be critical. If you have any questions, it may be helpful to discuss them with your divorce attorney. Whichever route you choose, keep in mind that you are trying to reach a solution that benefits all parties.

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