Children can be very susceptible to all the changes going on in a divorce. When structure and a certain routine is what they are used to, it can be very upsetting for them when they face all of the changes going on without a strong support system.
It is important, therefore, that you have seamless communication with your children, so that you can explain to them properly what is going on, and what changes they can expect to see in the future. Co-parenting with a former spouse can be challenging; however, with the help of a parenting plan, there can be some consistency in place to help everyone.
What is a parenting plan?
A parenting plan is a nonlegal document that is created between you and the other parent of your child. Its purpose is to create some consistency when it comes to how you both parent, as well as who has responsibility for different tasks, and how time will be shared.
What are some tips for creating a parenting plan?
It is important that you and the other parent of your child create the parenting plan together and agree on everything that is laid down. You should also make sure that you are both putting yourselves in the position of your child, and trying to work out what is truly best for them.
It can be difficult to draft your first parenting plan, but there is truly no right or wrong way for it to be done. It is important, however, that you research all the topics that need to be included to figure out which ones are relevant to you.
Source: The Spruce, "Create a Parenting Schedule That Works for Your Family," accessed March 01, 2018