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Key considerations for developing a proper parenting plan

Deciding the fate of a child is a critical part of any divorce process involving children. When determining parenting time, a proper parenting plan is necessary.

Without the right plan of action, creating this schedule may become difficult. There are a few key considerations to keep in mind when developing a parenting plan.

Possible elements

In New Hampshire, the courts provide a parenting plan document that lays out all of the necessary elements to include in a parenting plan. This plan covers several things, including:

  • Legal residency
  • Special event schedules
  • Decision making and information sharing
  • Transportation and exchanges

These are just a few of the important elements that the document details. However, every relationship is different, and some parents may have additional concerns. In such cases, it may be possible to add in additional agreement terms, if both parties agree.

Demeanor

The courts encourage parents to work together to create a parenting plan between themselves rather than having a judge make those important decisions. In order for this to be a viable option, both parties must put aside their differences and focus on making a plan for their common interest- the child. If parents keep this in mind and maintain a respectful demeanor towards each other, they can foster an environment to create and implement a plan that works best for all parties involved.

Interest of the child

At the end of the day, it is important for parents to create plans in the best interest of the children. Not only is this important in order to encourage the best environment for growth and well-being, but it is also a requirement of the court. If the court deems that a plan is more tailored towards the desires and needs of the parent than the child, the court may not approve the plan. 

By keeping these things in mind, you may be able to draft a parenting plan successfully. Take some time to think about your situation and consider consulting with a professional, so that you can make the best decision.

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