I am watching the news, as many of you are. I watch to be updated on the COVID 19 pandemic and to listen to interesting news segments.
There has been a lot of talk about parenting plans, lately. I am a big fan of parenting plans because the forms are typically free and it is an easily adaptable document.
So whether you can agree for a week or several months, the negotiations are in your hands and you can revise your parenting arrangements as needed….and you save money!
Use a trusted resource for your parenting plan
The first step in creating a parenting plan is to find a free form and read it.
Use a trusted resource and make sure it is a Canadian resource or even better, an Alberta resource. Many laws change provincially so trying a “homegrown” resource is best.
I would start with Alberta Justice’s website and their parenting plan forms and tools.
Make sure you save a copy so you don’t start from scratch. Once you have a “draft version” that you can live with, send it over to the other parent and set a date to discuss this.
Various “draft versions” can go between the parents until you find a happy medium.
Set a review date for your parenting plan
I suggest keeping notes, just for yourself, about what worked well under the parenting plan and what needs improvements.
Upon review of your parenting plan, consider future events such as school breaks, holidays and special events. These important decisions can affect your parenting schedules.
Try to keep a parenting plan checklist of what works and what didn’t work. Try to talk to third-party resources that may be integral to your parenting plan like extended family, teachers, childcare providers, health care providers, family doctors etc.
This way you get feedback outside of your own perspective.
Share the parenting plan
You can share this parenting with third parties, as needed, so long as both parents agree. If you share the parenting plan, then you can also share updates as long as both parents agree.
This is not a legally binding document but it does record your agreements and any changes that a review of the parenting plan created. When you are ready, this parenting plan can easily be turned into a Court Order or form part of a separation agreement.
You save money because you and the other parent have already negotiated away the disagreements or the more challenging issues.
This is a creative process that hopefully incorporates what already works well and your hopes for improvements.
You are able to get my feedback and legal advice on your parenting plan through consultation. Having a family law lawyer look over your parenting plan provides you with additional peace of mind. Please note there is a fee for this consultation. Just hit the “Book a Consultation” button and we will be in touch shortly.
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