As a Divorce Professional, Judy will design in collaboration with the parents, an individualized Parenting Plan that provides scheduling options while considering a familyís background, circumstances, needs and preferences. Great care is taken to address the different developmental needs of the children.
The creation of parenting plans has become a standard element of divorce preparation. The goal is to create a successful parenting plan that incorporates sufficient detail to ensure that the children will not experience ongoing arguments and conflicts between their parents. Remember, your child has one life but shares two homes.
Essentially, parenting plans are official blueprints that have been developed to address most of the typical situations that can arise between separating or divorced parents. Although most parenting plans share similar components, some are not as detailed as others. It is important to note that parenting plans should be specific to the developmental needs of the children and that the higher the conflict, the more detail that should be included in the document.
As children age and pass through new developmental stages, effective parenting plans must evolve to meet the needs of the children according to their location on the developmental spectrum. Following are examples of areas that would typically be included in a parenting plan:
Primary and/or joint custody and residence
Holiday/special days schedule
Emergency treatment and care
Pick up and return arrangements
Right of first refusal
Telephone, mail, and e-mail contact
Transfer of clothing, toys, and accessories
Travel arrangements and conditions
Educational arrangements and schooling
Visitation/parenting time denial
Grandparents and extended family
Birthdays child and parentís
Child counselling and/or therapy
Furthermore, parenting plans should address the following issues: parent time schedules, transitions, communication, decision making, tools and resources for post-divorce parenting types of tools and resource might include: names of parenting coordinators, educational consultants, financial consultants; mutually agreed upon medical/dental/mental health professionals and parenting class or coaching resources as well as a mechanism to solve disputes when they arise.
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