What is a toxic co-parenting relationship? If you’re in such a relationship, you know exactly what’s meant by “toxic” in this context. When two people have a child together and later split apart, they will usually stay tied to one another through their kids. As co-parents, they will need to navigate various decisions about raising their children, how to share their time with their kids and coordinate pick-up and drop-off times and locations.

The required interaction between two co-parents can sometimes erupt in conflicts, but with a well-written parenting plan, some of these conflicts can be avoided.

How a well-written parenting plan can avoid parental conflicts

When the parenting plan is clear and achieves the right balance of strictness and flexibility, it does a lot to prevent parenting conflicts. However, if a stubborn disagreement or conflict still develops, a properly drafted parenting plan will include the following parenting provisions to resolve disputes and make necessary revisions:

1. Conflict resolution: If the parents are unable to agree on something regarding the child, the parents will use a licensed family counselor, or a professional mediator or arbitrator, to resolve the dispute. Parent A will pay for 50 percent and Parent B will pay for 50 percent of this dispute resolution process. Either parent can begin the dispute resolution process by informing the other parent by certified mail.

2. Meetings to keep the plan up to date: The parents recognize that the parenting plan could be subject to change as the needs of the child and the parent change over time. The parents agree to meet twice a year to discuss any needed changes. Otherwise, the parents can send a written request to one another to change the plan.

3. Revising the plan: When the parents agree to a parenting plan revision, they will agree in writing via a signed and dated supplement or revision. Both parents will receive an original copy of the revisions signed in counterpart.

There are many other parenting provisions parents can include

There are many other parenting provisions parents can include in their parenting plan. Ultimately, the more parents understand about Colorado family law issues and the more information they have concerning commonly used parenting provisions, the better chances they’ll have of drafting a parenting plan that achieves their desired co-parenting goals.