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Parenting Plans and How they can help you

Updated: Feb 1, 2022

Tharen Mediation is and always will be #TeamCoparenting

One of the best ways to keep your Co-Parenting relationship on the right track, is to have a detailed Parenting Plan to minimize conflict between parents.

A parenting plan is an important aspect of your child’s life and is critical to developing a healthy and organized co-parenting relationship post separation.

A parenting plan is a structured document that outlines major aspects of your child’s life and details what has been agreed upon with regards to parenting. Most commonly, topics included in a parenting plan are: Parenting time and scheduling, Child support, Decision Making and Communication, while also considering your child’s age and stage of development, and any other special needs and accommodations they may require.

Most parenting plans can address these main topics as well as many other specific topics related to your families such as residence changes, religious education, new partner involvement, and more.

When negotiating through parenting topics, your mediator might recommend a level of detail for your parenting plan based on the current amount of conflict you may be experiencing. For example, if you and your co-parent are able to communicate regularly about scheduling changes, it may be best to keep that aspect of your parenting plan flexible. However, if there is a high level of conflict and communication issues, your mediator might recommend a detailed parenting plan to minimize communication and have a reference for on-going topics.

Having control and autonomy over decisions included in a parenting plan is one major benefit of using a Family Mediator. If you are in control of the outcome, you are more likely to be satisfied with that outcome.

For more information regarding parenting plans, consider the following resources:

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