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Factors to consider when creating a parenting plan during divorce

Dissolving a marriage can be a difficult decision that will inevitably bring about change in the lives of everyone involved. For parents in California who choose to divorce, many may wonder how these changes will affect their kids. Although parents may experience some level of uncertainty during this period, there might be certain aspects to consider that could prove essential to creating an acceptable parenting plan.

Perhaps one of the first areas to consider in child custody is the scheduling needs of everyone involved. The work schedules of the parents and the school and extracurricular activities for the kids can play a vital role in the process. These schedules may also be subject to change over time, and addressing how to handle any future changes could help cut down on the chances of conflict in the future.

Along with meeting the everyday needs of the kids, parents may also find it advisable to consider how to manage special occasions. Planning ahead concerning holidays and vacations could prove beneficial in a variety of ways. Parents may also find it beneficial to form a strategy on how to handle major decisions such as educational and medical needs for the kids, as well as responsibilities concerning child-related expenses.

With a great deal to cover during what could prove to be a stressful period, a parent in California might benefit from seeking guidance early in the process. By consulting with a family law attorney, a parent could obtain advice on every aspect of divorce, including child custody. An attorney can advise a client on how to create a parenting plan that is in keeping with the best interests of his or her kids.

Source:, "Checklist for Writing a Parenting Plan", Accessed on Feb. 8, 2018

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