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The benefits of detailed parenting plans

One of the key issues affecting the end of a marriage can be the design of a detailed parenting plan. Though it seems co-parenting ends when a child turns 18, what is established when a California couple first separates might have long-term repercussions that might even affect relationships with future grandchildren. Setting up a plan right from the beginning might mean a more peaceful transition into this new journey for the children and their parents.

Most plans are based on shared legal custody, so that both parents are entitled to participate in major decisions involving their children such as education and religion. The plans also address physical custody, which includes the day-to-day living of the children, or where the children will spend weekdays and weekends. Less common things that still need to be defined and arranged, such as what a long-distance move by one of the parents will entail, are often covered as well.

Having a detailed parenting plan from the beginning benefits all involved. Some of the advanatages include identifying and solving possible problems instead of having to go to court, showing publicly that parenting is a priority for both parents, making decisions through clear thinking, instead of emotional thinking and having a written record of what was important to both parents as they separated.

Parents who are ending their marriage can seek the guidance of their respective family law attorneys when negotiating such a plan. In that way, the resulting document can be based on clear, logical thinking and putting the children's best interests firsts, easing the tension that a divorce can cause for the whole family.

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