Every year, parents all over the country square off in court regarding issues related to child custody and visitation. It doesn't matter where you live or how you get along with your ex-partner, there is always the chance that these types of issues will come to the forefront. If this happens, it is a must to create a parenting plan that suits both parties.
Note: Even though the parents want to get their own way, there is nothing more important than the well being of the child or children.
The California Courts website defines a parenting plan as follows:
"A parenting plan, also called a "custody and visitation agreement" or a "time-share plan," is the parent's written agreement about how much time the child will spend with each parent, and how the parents will make decisions about the child's welfare and education."
It is your responsibility to focus on the best interests of your child, how to write up a plan, and what the plan should include. This may mean compromising on some details, but as long as it is for the betterment of your child, this should never be that big of a deal.
Going through a divorce or separation can be stressful on both parties, as well as any children. With a solid parenting plan in place, it is much easier for everybody to get on and stay on the right track.
Since issues can arise from time to time, it is not uncommon for a person to consult with a family law attorney about their rights and what a parenting plan should include.
Source: California Courts, "Parenting Time: Developing Plans" accessed Feb. 19, 2015