An essential element in many divorce proceedings is a parenting plan, a written proposal that covers many parental duties and responsibilities. Hopefully, if the parents agree to the various parts of the plan, there will be fewer conflicts over child custody and visitation matters. Parents often work together to devise a viable plan and present their agreement to a Maryland Family Court judge.
Elements in a parenting plan
Arguments could arise when visitation and custody arrangements lack commitments and focus. Haphazard planning might lead to parental conflicts, potentially creating stress and anxiety for the child. Even details such as when a particular parent is on duty to handle specific responsibilities could contribute to harmony and stability. A parenting plan may spell out such details.
Breaking down various parental responsibilities and decisions might come with challenges. However, parents might benefit from putting aside differences and focusing on the child’s best interests.
Negotiating the parenting plan
If parents cannot develop a workable parenting plan or other decisions related to child custody, a family law Court judge could make the decisions. The judge’s decree may not be what the parents prefer, but that is how things could work if the two parties don’t reach an agreement.
Child custody matters could become contentious during divorce negotiations, but parents may find it helpful to work out their differences. Doing so could be to the benefit of the child.
Regrettably, disagreements might not end even after agreeing to a parenting plan and accepting a final divorce decree. A well-crafted parenting plan might address what to do in such situations. For example, the parents may agree to turn to mediation when disagreements later arise.
A comprehensive parenting plan may reduce many problems. Putting together a workable plan seems advisable.