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What factors should be considered in a parenting plan?

If you are aiming to go through an uncontested divorce, this will mean that you are willing to collaborate with your divorcing spouse in order to reach decisions regarding child custody arrangements. Child custody set-ups require a great deal of attention because they will change the lifestyle of your child significantly at a time when they may be emotionally vulnerable.

This is why many divorcing spouses in Colorado decide to develop a parenting plan as part of their divorce. Doing so helps them to have a guide as they navigate a new chapter of parenting. Every parenting plan should be unique and place the child in the center. The following are some things that you should consider when drafting the parenting plan together with your divorcing spouse.

The character, emotional development and age of your child

Children develop at different stages, and some are emotionally sensitive while others do not react negatively to changing circumstances. You should consider the environment in which your child tends to thrive, and adjust their plan accordingly.

The schedules of each parent

You will need to work together with your ex-spouse to balance both of your schedules. If one parent has longer working hours than the other, parenting time may need to be adjusted slightly to factor this in. You may also want to decide which parent will have certain responsibilities relating to logistics, such as taking the child to their extra-curricular activities.

The bond between the child and their other relatives

If the child has stepsiblings or grandparents whom they are close to, it is important to make sure that the child's new schedule will not have a strain on these relationships. For example, you may want to make sure that the child will see their grandparents on the weekends. Informal meetings such as these can be added to the parenting plan.

Your parenting plan should be crafted to address both emotional and logistical needs. It can include anything that you deem necessary, from disciplining values to homework schedules. It is important to make sure that you are able to collaborate effectively with your divorcing spouse so that you can reach an agreement.

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