Parenting Plan Development
The Process of Parenting Plan Development
The development of a Parenting Plan is often an extension of mediation services. It is a written document that must be agreed on by both parties and will extensively outline provisions for the care of the child(ren) following separation and/or divorce.
You’ll meet with the mediator and discuss each parent’s opinions on how things should be handled. This will cover not only custody, but things like decision-making processes, sharing of information, holidays, how long the agreement should be valid for etc. The goal is to be crystal clear so that no situation arises in which there is not a pre-established guideline for behavior and each family member knows what is expected of them.
Once an agreement has been reached and all parties have signed on, the plan will be filed with the court. Once reviewed and approved by the judge, the terms of the agreement become legally binding and will be seen as the ultimate guideline for all interactions going forward for the time period specified in the plan.
Why It’s Beneficial
If you’re unable to reach an agreement with your co-parent regarding what is best for your child(ren), working with a mediator on a Parenting Plan can help reduce the stress and burden on everyone in the family. The priority during any separation or divorce should be the health and wellbeing of the child(ren) involved.
If you’re not able to work alongside your co-parent to bring things to a speedy resolution, investing in this service will benefit you greatly. It will help you close the book on a difficult chapter in your life while being confident that you’re moving forward with the best interests of your child(ren) in mind. The mediator does not take sides and will provide an impartial, unbiased voice that centers the needs of the child(ren) over the disagreements you and your co-parent are having.
Who You’ll Be Working With
Tim Kemery, LCSW coordinates this service. He has decades of experience as a trusted, unbiased mediator and he has helped many families reach agreement through Parenting Plan Development.
A wonderful overview of what topics should and will be addressed in a well-written parenting plan. A great primer to prepare for the parent plan development process.