The divorce process centers around resolving a number of contentious issues. Debt obligations and property division form a key part of the procedure. However, at the forefront of both parents’ minds will be the well-being of their children. Crucially, this will also be a key factor in any judgment of the courts.
Settling issues over child custody does not have to be a confrontational undertaking. In many cases, both parents are able to reach an amicable agreement based on the child’s best interests. This can take the form of a parenting plan, which can be drafted with input from both parents and then signed off on by the family courts. So, how do parents come up with a workable parenting plan?
Think about the big decisions first
You and your former spouse may have different parenting styles, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, there are certain aspects of your child’s life in which you will need to be on the same page.
For instance, what should the process be if your child requires medical care? Will the upbringing of your child involve a significant religious element? Where will they go to school and what will be the foundation of their education. Once you have reached an agreement on these major decisions, you may find it easier to negotiate and compromise on other issues.
Find the best way to communicate
Not all former spouses are suited to face-to-face conversations. Thankfully, in the modern age, there are numerous ways to communicate. What’s important is that neither parent becomes isolated from their child or kept in the dark as they are growing up.
Many parents find it helpful to implement a more structured pattern of communication. This may involve updates via email on a weekly basis or making use of apps that are utilized for the sole purpose of co-parenting.
Divorce can be challenging for both parents and children. Nonetheless, obstacles can still be tackled as a family unit and children can succeed post-divorce. As you make the transition into life after divorce, remember that you are legally protected as a parent in Connecticut.