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Keep these factors in mind when preparing your parenting plan

If you're in the midst of divorce proceedings, and you have children with your spouse, you will need to create a parenting plan. Hopefully, you and your soon-to-be ex can reach an agreement about your parenting plan out of court and save time, money and prevent stress as a result.

When mapping out your parenting plan -- which will dictate whom your children will be with at what times and other important issues -- you will want to keep some important factors in mind.

Consider this while brainstorming your parenting plan

Your head will likely be swimming with emotion as you create your parenting plan. For example, if you will be sharing physical custody, it will be difficult for you to imagine that your children will no longer be living with you 100 percent of the time.

In the midst of the turmoil, be sure to consider the following factors:

  • What childcare duties did you and the other spouse fulfill prior to your separation?
  • How involved was each parent in the recreational/extracurricular events of the child?
  • Are there any special or individual needs that are important to consider for your child?
  • What are the parenting strengths and weaknesses of both parents?
  • How will you and the other parent share specific duties?
  • How do your children get along with one another and do your children require solo time with either of the parents?
  • Do your children have a preference about the parenting plan?
  • What is the plan for keeping your children out of earshot when you and the other parent have an argument or disagreement? And what is the conflict resolution plan?
  • How do you plan to inform your children about your parenting plans?

Just a sampling of the things you'll want to keep in mind

This is just a taste of the many factors that will be important for you to consider during the organization and creation of your child custody and parenting plan in Colorado. Be sure to keep the lines of communication open with your ex and all the professionals you're working with to finalize your divorce process, as it will facilitate the swift and diplomatic completion of your child custody arrangements.

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