Let’s talk about co-parenting and parenting plans.
Creating a parenting plan is a useful way to formalise the details of your new relationship and a place for you and your former partner to clearly discuss your rights and responsibilities in regards to your child / children. This is also the place to work out disputes.
Each family situation has it’s own differences, but one important consideration is the way in which you and your former partner to understand an accept differences in parenting styles. While these are difficult conversations, it’ll be easier if you are able to walk in your child’s shoes and envisage how you are both able to make them feel as comfortable and connected to both parents when separated.
Key parts of the parenting plan should address the following:
• Guidelines for decision making
• Visitation schedule
• Contact schedule
• Children’s medical needs or concerns
• Holidays and special events
• Back-up arrangements – sick days and school closures
If you and your former partner are unable to make the arrangements yourself, then professional assistance from dispute resolution practitioner, mediator or relationship counsellor can provide some guidance.
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