Minnesota divorces, custody disputes, or parenting time issues can be emotional, stressful, and may appear insurmountable. But, you and the other parent have a shared obligation to create the best possible loving environment for your children at both residences. Mutually drafting a co-parenting plan is one way to address how you are going to co-parent to benefit the children. Minnesota custody and parenting time law does not require that you draft up a plan, but it sure is helpful and makes a lot of sense when you are co-parenting. Please consider the following suggestions.
- Have an open-minded approach with an ear towards listening to other parent and trying to understand his or her position;
- Think creatively – one parenting plan size doesn’t fit all Minnesota families;
- Practice being civil, polite and be patient;
- Try not to create bright lines or hard fast rules that cannot addressed by both parents as the children grow older and circumstances change;
- Develop a stick-to-it-ness— drafting a parenting plan is hard work; bring some snacks to curb that low blood sugar;
- Be open to guidance and ideas from a mediator or your attorney – they don’t know your family, but they may have suggestions from which you can develop your own mutual plan;
- Don’t get stuck on labels – you and the other parent may create labels ( e.g., joint custody, shared custody, shared time) as long as you define the labels for the court;
- Create a check-list or download a check-list to trigger ideas and to cover all of your bases in drafting a plan; and,
- Meet as many times as it may take to come up with a plan. Remember this is all about the children.
Feel fee to download the following worksheet: Parenting Plan Worksheet
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Kate Willmore, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Divorce, Child Custody, Father’s Rights, Mother’s Rights, Family Lawyer, Family Court Lawyer and Mediation Coach
For more information on divorces or child custody see: What You Need to Know About Minnesota Divorce
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