Nebraska is a state that really tries to encourage parents to get along with each other when it comes to custody and parenting time. This approach can be a huge advantage to fathers in the Omaha area who want to maintain a relationship with their children. After all, it means the parents must commit to some co-parenting. It’s important to note, however, that this means not just visiting with the children, but also taking responsibility for them.
One of the first things a single dad is going to have to do is create a parenting plan. While this is ideally done by agreeing with the other parent, a judge can step in and draft all or part of a parenting plan if need be.
The idea behind a parenting plan is that it will operate as a roadmap or kind of contract for how parents who are living separately will raise their children together. It must include information about which parent has the ability to make important decisions for the child and with which parent the child will live.
It also must specifically explain how the child will be picked up and dropped off, who will have what parenting time and whether or not the parent with primary physical custody has to give notice if the child will be moving, even if the move is just for several weeks or a few months.
Additionally, a parenting plan in Nebraska must provide for those special occasions, like holidays, breaks form school and the like, so that arguments or confusion between the parents about their visiting schedules do not disrupt these important events. The plan should also include a provision for what to do if the plan needs to be re-worked.