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What factors should you consider when drafting a parenting plan?

Child custody is often one of the most complex and difficult subjects to agree upon during divorce. South Carolina parents are understandably concerned with the well-being and best interests of their children, and one way to specifically address these issues is to design a thoughtful and practical parenting plan. This can allow you more control over your post-divorce future.

Parents have the right to work together to draft a parenting plan that works specifically for the needs of their individual family. There are important factors to consider when working on your plan and custody arrangement in order to ensure your plan will work well for years to come. Being thoughtful and thorough now can reduce the chance of conflict and issues in the future.

Making certain you have a good plan

The ultimate goal of any parenting plan is to protect the needs and best interests of the children above all else. What this means for your family depends on the unique goals and needs of you and your kids. Some of the most important factors for you to consider when drafting a parenting plan include the following: 

  • How often the children will go back and forth between parents
  • Visitation schedules over summer vacation, school breaks and holidays
  • If, when and how often children will be able to spend time with extended family
  • How parents will make decisions for the child pertaining to matters such as education, medical treatment and religious upbringing
  • How parents will work to resolve continued disputes that arise in the future

You have the right to create a custody and visitation order out of court. While litigation and court intervention is necessary in some particularly contentious situations, that is not always the case. You and the other parent may be able to reach a reasonable and workable resolution to your concerns through discussions and negotiations.

Your family's future starts now

The decisions you make during divorce will have an impact on your family for years to come. It is smart to allow your motivation for a strong future for you and your kids to guide your decisions, not temporary emotions. 

If you are considering drafting your own parenting plan or have questions about how to protect your parental rights during the divorce process, you may find it beneficial to start with a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of the specific options available to you.

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