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If you have a co-parenting family, chances are there are two parenting schedules in place for your school-aged children. One schedule is in effect during holidays and school vacations while the other schedule pertains to when your children are in school. Now that it's back-to-school time, you and your ex-spouse should review your custody agreement plan. 

What is a parenting plan?

Couples who have young children will need to make a parenting plan during the divorce process. While the specific details of a parenting plan differ from couple to couple, there are two basic types of parenting plans.

For the first type of parenting plan, only one parent has full custody of the children. The non-custodial parent may have visitation rights approved by the court, but the custodial parent has the sole right to make legal decisions for the minor children. For the second type of parenting plan, both parents have custody over the minor children. Both parents also have the right to make legal decisions on behalf of the minor children.

What to consider when reviewing your parenting plan

Now that the new school year is beginning, you should review your parenting plan to ensure it still reflects the desires of both parents and represents the best interest of the children. Here are questions you should consider when reviewing your parenting plan:

  • What is the day-to-day schedule for you and your child?
  • Is your child going to a new school this year? Does the new school know about the co-parenting situation?
  • Do both parents agree when it comes to the educational needs of the child?
  • Does your child want to try out different extracurricular activities? Who will provide the transportation?
  • Does your child know where he or she will be once school is in session?
  • Are you planning on moving any time soon? Will moving affect your ability to provide transportation for your child?
  • Do you and your spouse maintain effective communication?

Before the school year really gets going, you want to ask these questions so that you can identify any potential issues. If you make changes to your parenting plan now, it is likely that you will save the entire family from situations that can be very upsetting and stressful.

A recently updated parenting plan can make life after a divorce less stressful for both parents and the children. If you are making a parenting plan or would like to make changes to an existing plan, contact an attorney from Garrett, Walker, Aycoth, and Olson. Our attorneys can ensure that your best interests, as well as the interests of your children, are represented throughout the process.

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