If you and your ex have children together, a co-parenting plan could serve as a guideline for how the two of you will handle custody and visitation issues. The plan can serve as a peace treaty to make sure you know how to address potential conflicts before they arise. If you’re a Colorado resident, here are some of the ways a co-parenting plan could be helpful in a family law court.
The plan can reduce disagreements
When you have a co-parenting plan in place, you can outline certain potential disagreements and come up with a solution for them in a family law court or mediation session. For instance, if one parent will be late picking up the kids on their designated weekend, the parent must communicate with the other parent (and children if they are of age) to come up with a new pickup time. If a parent has to change weekends or visitation times, the parent must notify the other parent at least a day or two in advance. The parents can also agree that when a child comes to them with a problem, the information will remain confidential unless the child wants to share it with the other parents.
The plan considers everyone’s needs
A co-parenting plan can take each parent’s work schedule into account so the parents can come up with a workable visitation schedule. The plan can also explain which parent will take the child to after-school activities so children will know what to expect. Some parents may also include guidelines for how to tell the children once they get into another serious relationship.
The “rules” of a co-parenting plan are different for every family. You and your ex can customize the terms of the plan with a mediator or in a family law court.