When parents decide to divorce, they will need to come up with a plan to make sure their children are properly cared for once the separation is finalized. Coming up with this type of plan is rarely ever easy.
Texas parents have the option of presenting their cases to a family law judge to make a final decision regarding custody, after considering both parents’ arguments. However, it can be difficult for a judge who does not personally know your family to determine exactly what arrangement will work best. Parenting plans give divorcing or separating parents to come up with a child custody and visitation arrangement that works best for their child. If you and your ex can come up with a plan on your own, you may submit your joint agreement to the court for final approval.
What should be included in my parenting plan?
Your parenting plan should address both physical and legal custody. In other words, your plan should focus on living arrangements and visitation, as well as decision-making on behalf of your child. Specifically, you should answer the following questions:
- How will the child split their time between their parents?
- How will the child be transported between houses?
- Who will pay child support and how much will they pay?
- How much notice is needed for scheduling changes?
- Who will make decisions regarding the child?
- How will disputes be addressed?
The specifics of your parenting plan will depend on your child’s specific needs. All parenting plans should always prioritize the best interests of the child. A family law attorney in your area can help ensure that your parenting plan addresses any child custody and visitation issues that may arise.