How can a parenting plan help after divorce?
Some residents of British Columbia may have an interest in learning about the creation of parenting plans after separation or divorce. Although it can sometimes be difficult for parents to come to such an agreement after their separation, doing so may be necessary for the well-being of any children whom they may have.
For example, ensuring access to quality health care is often one of the most important considerations for a child’s parents to resolve. It may be necessary to decide how one parent will inform the other in the event of an emergency and which parent will be charged with caring for the child when they are ill. Similarly, parents might need to decide where a child will attend school and which parent will be responsible for attending the related academic functions. Decisions regarding religious instruction and upbringing might also be an area of contention for some parents.
Even in situations where the parents’ personal relationship with one another has been damaged, a parenting plan may remain a necessity. Indeed, such a plan can even simplify and limit parental interaction by clearly stipulating one another’s expectations in given circumstances and clarifying what aspects of a child’s life for which each is responsible. In this way, a parenting plan can further facilitate life after divorce and reduce potential complications.
Although the end of a marriage can bring a sense of freedom, the presence of children can inherently require a degree of continued contact between former spouses, which may not be entirely welcome in cases where the separation was less than amicable. Lawyers could help in the development of a parenting plan that is tailored to the individual circumstances of those involved. A well-crafted parenting plan may further the best interests of the child and help ensure that each parent continues to cultivate their mutual relationships with the child.
Source: Government of Canada Department of Justice, “Parenting Plan Checklist“, September 23, 2014
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