If you are trying to divvy up parental responsibilities in the middle of your divorce, you are not alone. Many people have responsibilities that become more pronounced during divorce, and they may have questions about what they need to do to take care of themselves and their children in the middle of a divorce.
Do you want to make sure that your parenting plan is suitable after your divorce? Do you want your parenting plan to help the divorce move along smoothly? This is what you need to know.
Either Parent Can Be the Primary Caregiver
There is a misconception that only mothers can be the primary caregivers for children after divorce. This is not the case. Mothers and fathers can both gain custody of the children. If your divorce case goes to court, the judge might make the final decision, and this decision will be made with the child's best interest in mind.
Stay-at-Home Parents Are Often (But Not Always) Primary Parents
One of the biggest disappointments many parents find is that the courts may prefer to have stay-at-home parents act as primary parents. Keep in mind that this is not always the case. In fact, the court could determine that it is in the child's best interest to be with the parent who works full-time. Each case is different, but a working parent may need to hire an attorney to make a strong case.
Older Children Can Make Some Decisions
Children who are older will often be given some preference. They can at least provide some input regarding which parent they would prefer to live with.
False Allegations Will Not Help Either Side
In some cases, one parent will make false abuse allegations against another. This is not a great way to move forward with divorce proceedings, as they can actually complicate matters for both the parents and the children if the allegations are found to be false.
A Post-Divorce Parenting Plan That Works Is Possible
If you have been trying to build a parenting plan that works for both parents, you are on the right path. An attorney can help you make a solid post-divorce plan in the courtroom or in mediation.
Are you still trying to put together a parenting plan? A divorce attorney can help you put together the best plan for you and your children. Meet with a divorce law attorney today to discuss your parenting plan and strategy for approaching your divorce in mediation or court.