Parents involved in divorce negotiations may discuss more than questions about sole or joint child custody arrangements or proposed monthly child support amounts. Agreements on a workable parenting plan might be necessary, as these plans detail how the parents will care for and maintain a healthy relationship with their young ones. Expect a West Virginia family court judge to closely review any proposed parenting plans to determine if it is in the child’s best interests.
Divorce, children, and parenting plans
While many spouses divorce amicably, numerous marriages suffer harsh breakups rife with arguing and fighting. Such behavior is not healthy for children, and things could become even worse if the conflict continues well after the final divorce decree. A parenting plan might mitigate some conflict by devising visitation schedules, defining responsibilities, and other ways to maintain a relationship with the child.
During the child custody negotiation process, the parents could address things ranging from what parent picks up a child from school on what days, who takes responsibility for doctor and dentist visits, decisions about extracurricular activities, and more.
Developing the plan
Those unsure about how to put a proper parenting plan together could work with a professional. Perhaps a counselor might work with one or both parents to develop a plan that meets everyone’s needs.
Even with the best efforts by one or both parties, an impasse could arise. If both parents seem unable to reach an agreement, mediation might be an option.
A judge might have to step in when neither parent agrees on the plan. The judge’s decision would be binding, and both spouses could be unhappy with the particulars. Therefore, working together to make an agreeable plan seems preferable.