Establishing a 50/50 parenting plan can be a vital part of developing a meaningful relationship with your children following a separation or divorce. A 50/50 parenting plan can assist in making sure that both parents are equally involved with the child’s needs and interests. While a 50/50 parenting plan can be created in a multitude of ways, often the best approach to establishing the schedule is by working with a legal professional.
However, in order for the negotiation process to be successful, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Communication is key
School and work schedules should be adequately discussed. It is important to make arrangements that will work for both parties. Keep in mind that it is important to work together in structuring a plan that will be in the best interest of the children, as well as accommodate both parents’ needs.
Living arrangements are important
Be open to alternative arrangements and be flexible with weekday schedules in order to avoid conflicts. It is important to discuss after-school activities, homework, finances, and sleeping arrangements. Furthermore, discuss parenting style, house rules, and time with friends.
Discuss it with your child
Discuss certain options with your child if he or she is old enough. Talk about living arrangement or activities with your child. Do not force your child to do something that he or she may not be comfortable with, such as living in one parent’s new home. It is important that a child have a voice.
Establish a schedule
After both parents have discussed their options for living, activities, vacations, and expenses, among others, create a schedule. Formalizing plans helps ensure stability for a child.
Establishing a 50/50 parenting plan may seem overwhelming, however, an experienced family lawyer can help guide you through the process in order to ensure that your rights and interests are protected. Seeking the guidance of an experienced family law attorney may be crucial to peacefully resolving potentially contentious issues. The Westchester family lawyers of Martin Grossbach P.C. are skilled in handling divorce and family court matters and will fight zealously for your rights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Westchester divorce law office at (914) 631-6666.