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5 Tips for Negotiating a “Parenting Plan” During a Divorce

 Posted on September 14, 2023 in Divorce

Hillside Family LawyerDivorce is rarely an easy or simple process, but it can become even more complicated and difficult when children are involved. When parents address child custody (now called parental responsibilities in Illinois) issues during divorce proceedings, they will need to create a “Parenting Plan” document which outlines how child-related issues will be handled by the parents going forward. A well-crafted “Parenting Plan” document can help avoid conflict and provide stability for children. When negotiating the terms of a parenting agreement, a skilled family law attorney can help protect your parental rights and provide guidance on how to protect your children’s best interests.

The Importance of a “Parenting Plan”

A “Parenting Plan” is a document which constitutes a written agreement between divorcing or separating parents that outlines how they will share responsibilities and make decisions about their children’s upbringing. It covers  subjects such as the allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time schedules, communication methods, dispute resolution procedures, and more.

Having a detailed “Parenting Plan” in place provides clarity and structure for parents and children. It helps establish expectations and guidelines for co-parenting, while ensuring that children’s best interests are protected. Having an agreed-upon plan can reduce conflict between parents by providing clear instructions on how to deal with different situations.

Tips for Reaching Agreements When Negotiating a “Parenting Plan”

While every family situation is unique, there are some common issues that will typically need to be addressed in child custody/parental responsibilities matters. Some strategies you can use to reach agreements as you work to create a “Parenting Plan” may include:

  • Prioritize your child's best interests: When negotiating your “Parenting Plan”, always keep your child's best interests at heart. Focus on what will benefit them emotionally, mentally, and physically so that you and the other parent can provide them with stability and support;

  • Open communication: Effective communication is key when discussing sensitive matters related to child custody. By both parents being willing to talk about their needs and desires, you can both see things from each other’s perspective, and you can make sure you will be able to co-parent your children successfully in the years to come;

  • Maintain flexibility: Being flexible with parenting time arrangements and other child-related subjects shows a willingness to cooperate and compromise. It is important to consider each parent's work schedule, children's school activities, and any other relevant factors when creating a parenting time schedule;

  • Consult with professionals: Sometimes, seeking guidance from therapists or family counselors who assist families going through divorce can provide valuable insights and advice during the negotiation process; and,

  • Consider mediation: If both of you are having difficulty reaching agreements on your own, you may want to seek outside help as you negotiate your “Parenting Plan”. A neutral mediator can help both of you hold productive discussions and guide both of you toward finding common ground.

The Role of an Attorney in Creating a “Parenting Plan”

Hiring an experienced family law attorney can be an important step to take as you work to create a comprehensive “Parenting Plan” that meets your family’s needs. Your lawyer can ensure that all legal requirements are met in your “Parenting Plan”, and in other aspects of your divorce settlement. Family law attorneys can also advocate for your rights and interests during negotiations, and help you find workable solutions.

Your attorney can help you deal with complex issues related to legal custody, physical custody, parental rights and responsibilities, relocation concerns, safety issues, and more. Having a skilled legal advocate by your side during divorce proceedings can be invaluable. Your lawyer can ensure that any issues that may affect you or your children in the future will be addressed correctly.

Contact Our Oak Park “Parenting Plan” Attorney

If you are going through a divorce and need help with creating a “Parenting Plan,” Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C. can provide the legal guidance you need. Our experienced Hillside child custody lawyer understands the importance of protecting your children's well-being during the end of your marriage, and in the years to come. We will help you negotiate a “Parenting Plan” and ensure that your rights will be protected as you proceed with the divorce process. To schedule a free consultation, please call us at 708-449-7404.

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