In child custody cases, what’s in the best interest of the child is most important. That is what matters in the eyes of the court. When a married couple with children decides to get divorced, there are certain steps they will have to take to sort out who will take care of the children. One of the most vital steps is forming a good parenting plan to submit to the court. Our divorce attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to explain how to create a good parenting plan. If you need assistance with this process, call Deputy and Mizell today.
What Makes for a Good Parenting Plan
First of all, figure out what type of custody you are applying for, joint or sole custody. Joint custody involves both parents sharing custody of the child and sole custody involves the child living with one parent when the other can just be visited.
What Do You Put in a Parenting Plan?
Please see below for example of points to include in your parenting plan.
- A schedule of custody and visitation (When will you have your child? When will your ex-spouse have your child?)
- Child support amounts to be paid by each parent
- Education information, extracurricular activities the child will participate in (What school will the child attend?)
- A plan of how the child’s expenses will be paid for
- A list of doctors and healthcare professionals the child will go to when needed
- A plan for resolving arguments that you have as parents when it comes to your child’s well being
- A list of babysitters or a plan on how the babysitters will be chosen
Other Issues You Can Cover in Your Patent Plan
- In a situation where one of you, as parents, has to relocate for your job, how will that affect the custody agreement? According to Missouri Law, if a custodial parent wants to move outside of the state, they must have permission for the noncustodial parent or a court order. A custodial parent is a parent the child actually lives with.
- Who will be the beneficiaries on your life insurance plans now that you are divorced? Will it be the kids?
- Which of you will claim the tax deductions for your children?
- Who would receive custody of the child in the event the custodial parent dies?
Going through any family law matter can be extremely difficult for everyone involved, especially the children. The anxiety over not knowing what’s going to happen when your children are involved can be really rough. Just hang in there and get a divorce attorney who has the experience and been through this process before. If you are going through a divorce with or without children, call Deputy and Mizell so we can help you through it.
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