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Why an out-of-court parenting plan may be best

Children can benefit from having a strong relationship with both parents. Unfortunately, a divorce can put a strain on that relationship.

To aid in combating that negative occurrence, the courts mandate that parents put a parenting plan in place during the divorce process. In some cases, creating the plan out of court can be beneficial.


A proper parenting plan involves several different elements and is an important aspect of the divorce process for parents. As such, it can take some time to establish all the parameters. Completing the process in court extends the divorce process, which can lead to greater resource, time and fund expenses. On the other hand, completing the plan outside court utilizing a parenting plan guide and possibly the assistance of an attorney can help ensure that you cover all necessary elements of the plan, utilizing less time and resources. 


During court proceedings, two parties share their opposing views, and the court decides about the case. This is true across the board, even in creating a parenting plan. Rather than have an outside force determine your parenting time and other interaction with your child, you can create a parenting plan yourself with your co-parent that you can both agree to and be happy with. 


If you can work together to create the plan effectively, it helps build a foundation for your co-parenting habits moving forward. Special events and unexpected instances will occur, and being able to work together is essential to making it through such times. Also, as the child grows, the parameters of the parenting plan may need to change. Working together to make those modifications benefits everyone, especially your child.

These are a few of the key benefits of creating your own parenting plan out of court. Consider how such a plan could benefit you and your family.

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