Parenting always requires preparation, but single parenting takes more than that. It often requires planning and communication with your child’s other parent. Since this level of preparedness is necessary for a child to have a good life, it’s time to get serious about developing a workable parenting plan.
- How can a person devise a parenting plan?
With no experience as a single parent, it may feel like there is nowhere to start, but sometimes it is as simple as looking at a calendar. If you know your own availability because of work or other obligations, this information can be noted and shared with other parties to create the beginning of a parenting plan.
- What besides time is included in a parenting plan?
Physical custody is one thing, but custody also involves the decision-making involved in raising a child. This includes everything from school choice and religious affiliation to the child’s dietary and medical needs. If parents are not in agreement, a parenting plan can include information on who gets to make decisions and how to resolve later conflicts.
- When is it time to modify a parenting plan?
If a parent’s situation changes in a way that affects their parenting or their children’s lifestyles, a parenting plan may need revision or modification. These situations may include a change in employment or an arrest on a felony charge.
- Who can help with a parenting plan?
An attorney can help create or defend a parenting plan. Legal representation is often a good element of single parenting if matters have to be risen in civil court once or several times during a childhood.