The parenting plan that you have outlines who makes decisions, what schedule you will follow and other details related to raising the kids. Getting this together is often challenging, especially when the split is contentious.
There are several things to consider when if you’re modifying your parenting plan. One of the first things that you should do is evaluate the current terms to determine what needs to be changed.
Schedule and school changes
Changes to when your child is with each parent may become necessary due to extracurricular activities or varying school schedules. The important thing to remember is that the child needs to have a safe place for schoolwork when they’re doing virtual classes. Getting them to and from their activities is another priority that must be considered.
Parenting plans must be tailored to meet the child’s needs. As you go through the terms in the agreement, think about how well they do or don’t meet your child’s needs now. Think about the stipulations for schooling and other activities. For example, virtual learning may necessitate changes to the way things work. Setting up a plan for those days is beneficial.
The parenting plan should always reflect the child’s needs, so updating it as they get older, change schools or when other things change is likely necessary. This is typically easier if you and your co-parent have an amicable relationship since you can work something out and get it on paper. Turning to the court is necessary when that’s not possible. Having a professional on your side who can help you to get your plan modified is beneficial and may reduce your stress.