Creating Parenting Plans
Parenting Plans Are Not One-Size-Fits-All
Families change significantly in a divorce. Many families go from having a mother who is a homemaker and a father who is the breadwinner to something entirely different: a family unit where both parents do everything.
In order to support two households and raise children, both parents often have to work and take care of household responsibilities. This can be a challenge. At Jolein A. Harro, P.C., we are sensitive to the needs of our individual clients and work to draft parenting plans that are right for them.
Our attorneys take a holistic approach to child custody cases. We work with many different therapists, school personnel, guardians ad litem, child psychologists and other experts to help our clients build meaningful, fulfilling parenting plans that work despite parents’ changing roles.
There are many things to consider when creating a parenting plan that works for your family:
- Where will children spend their time during the school week?
- How will holidays, weekends, school vacations and snow days be shared?
- What about important days, like children’s birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day?
- How and where will the transfer happen?
- Which parent’s responsibility will it be to transport the children to the co-parent’s house?
- How will after school activities be accommodated?
- What about special needs, doctor’s appointments and emergencies?
- What if a parent needs a babysitter?
- What if things change at the last minute?
The Best Co-Parents Must Share A Common Goal: Raising Happy, Healthy Kids
When creating your parenting plan, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Know that the best co-parents do not have to be the best friends, but they do have to share a common goal: raising children who are happy and healthy and who will grow into well-adjusted adults. The best way to do this is by creating an effective parenting plan that works for your entire family.
Children are often stressed when they find themselves literally split between two houses, so it is critical for parents to create home environments that are as stress free as possible. Co-parents must work together to set an example for their children by remaining civil and communicating respectfully. An atmosphere or mutual respect is critical.
In Colorado, courts use a term called “alienation of parental responsibilities” when one parent gets in the way of a co-parent’s time with the children. If a parent is refusing to follow your parenting plan, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.
At Jolein A. Harro, P.C., we are changing the face of divorce. For a consultation with one of our lawyers, please contact us. Call the firm at 720-541-5873 or simply complete our online contact form. We have an office in Littleton, serving the Denver metro area and Jefferson County, as well as a satellite office in Steamboat Springs.