I know this is an emotional time for you, I know you probably never imagined that you would be in this position, I know you are overwhelmed with all that you have to do in order to transition into this new reality. I’ve been there, I know what it feels like. One of the things that you are going to need going forward is a co-parenting plan. This is important to have so that you have a guide to assist you with parenting your child/children up until age 18, and sometimes after that depending on the agreement.
I want to help give you some things that you should consider when creating your co-parenting agreement. Note that this is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice, meaning advice specific for your individual situation. If you have questions about creating a co-parenting plan specific to your individual situation I would encourage you to contact an attorney for legal advice.
With that being said, here are 5 things to consider when creating your co-parenting agreement:
1) Have a plan for communication: How will you communicate with your co-parent? By phone? Email? Text Messages?
2) Have a parenting schedule: When will the kids be with you? When will the kids be with the other parent? What about holidays?
3) How do you plan to address major concerns that come up: Mediation? Counseling? Going to Court?
4) Consider how your children feel about any decisions that are going to be made
5) How do you plan to draft your parenting plan: By yourself? With the assistance of a mediator? Family law attorney?
These are just 5 things to consider when creating your co-parenting plan. This is not an exhaustive list and I recommend that you get legal advice to create a parenting plan that is specific to your situation. Many states also have legal non profit organizations and law libraries that have sample parenting plan agreements that you can use as a guide.