When divorced parents in California or other states create a parenting plan, it should be done in a way that benefits both the adults and the children. Ideally, the children will see that it is possible for adults to work together to achieve a common goal. When creating a plan, it is important for parents to consider how it will impact their sons and daughters.
It is important to consider the impact of traveling between two homes and what steps can be taken to help a child adjust to his or her new reality. It is also worthwhile to consider how school and other activities that a child participates in can have an impact on a parenting schedule. Parents should know whether an activity is seasonal or will occur throughout the year.
Depending on how old the child is, it may be possible to seek his or her input into the creation of the parenting plan. However, a parent does not have to honor these wishes if they are impractical. Ideally, the plan will allow both parents to see their children even if the plan itself isn't always the most convenient. Furthermore, parents should understand that it should not be a tool to get back at a former spouse at the expense of the child.
After a divorce, issues such as how to allocate parenting time may be a point of contention. However, by working with an attorney, it may be possible for an individual to craft an agreement that is beneficial both to that person and the child. If necessary, an attorney may represent an individual during the mediation or arbitration process. If a person creates an agreement with a former spouse through private negotiations, legal counsel may review that agreement.