Finalizing a parental divorce or separation can be an emotional roller coaster since child custody and the future of the family is at stake. Most parents in Arkansas these days seek a shared parenting, or co-parenting, arrangement since children benefit the most from having both parents involved in their lives. When deciding to co-parent, parents must work out a parenting plan. Here’s what a typical co-parenting plan may look like.
The standard co-parenting plan
A suitable and ideal parenting plan is one that fits not only the needs of the kids, but also suits the parents’ schedules and living arrangements. A co-parenting plan will usually include details about when the kids will physically be with each parent. In addition to this, most plans also include communication guidelines between parents regarding scheduling changes, details surrounding drop-offs and pick-ups and how transportation will be handled.
If the parents cannot put their differences aside and agree on a co-parenting plan, the court may order the parents to participate in custody mediation. Some states make mediation a requirement when there are custody disputes. If mediation is unsuccessful and does not work, the matter will go to court and the judge will impose an arrangement after considering evidence presented by both parents.
Help with developing a plan
Developing a suitable co-parenting plan can be a significant challenge. But once parents agree upon a plan and put it into place, children and parents will benefit and often thrive. Parents in Arkansas who have custody-related questions or need help with parenting arrangements can and should consult with a legal professional. A knowledgeable family law attorney can provide guidance and assist clients in achieving the best possible resolution.