Creative Parenting Plan Solutions for Your Illinois Divorce
When parents file for divorce, they are required to complete a parenting plan that outlines their wishes on parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities. Of course, since every family is unique, each parenting plan is (and should be) different. However, these variances in needs, desires, and circumstances can make what sounds like a straightforward process rather complicated. Learn how to make the most of your parenting plan by adopting some creative parenting plan solutions that may address your family’s unique needs.
Consider Your Child’s Age
Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes that parents make when designing their parenting plan is not taking their child’s age, activities, or personality into account – yet these factors can greatly influence their specific needs. For example, it might make sense for an infant who has spent most of their life with a stay-at-home parent to have more parenting time with that individual. However, child mental health professionals typically recommend more frequent transitions for extremely young children, as they need a great deal of time with both parents to ensure proper bonding. Depending on your situation, a two day stay with one parent, a two day stay with the other parent, and three days back with the first may be appropriate until the child is a bit older. At that point, the family may want to consider going to a 2-2-5 parenting arrangement.
Communicate in a Way That Works for You
As much as parents may dislike or disagree with one another, they must still communicate effectively when it comes to their child. There will be changes in plans (i.e. a school play, canceled at the last minute or basketball practice has been moved to Thursdays). There may be behavioral concerns (i.e. depression, anxiety, problems at school). Develop your plan on how to handle these situations now – long before they arise. Some parents can sit over a cup of coffee. Others do better at communicating through email or text message. (Remember that the point is to avoid contention, and to ensure that all conversations stay focused on your child.)
Be Realistic About Your Own Availability
You can craft the best parenting plan in the world, but if you are not realistic about your own availability, that plan will ultimately fail. Remember that, while you would rather spend as much time with your child as possible, it is far better to show up consistently and less often than to break promises or risk non-compliance with a parenting plan order. Furthermore, your child may feel more at ease, just knowing when they can count on you being there when you say you will.
Contact Our Wheaton Divorce Lawyers
You know your child and your family best, but the complexity of a parenting plan can make it easy to overlook certain details. Reduce the risk of this happening to your family by ensuring that you have an experienced legal representative by your side, right from the very start. Contact Davi Law Group for skilled guidance and assistance with your Illinois parenting plan. Call 630-580-6373 and schedule a no-obligation consultation with our Wheaton divorce lawyers to get started on your case today.