A parenting plan (or parent-negotiated agreement) is both a communication tool and a legal agreement for all your decisions about parenting in two separate households. Create a blueprint for raising healthy, well-adjusted children and minimize conflict with the help of a parenting mediator. Protect your children with a parenting plan.
It’s hard to know exactly and how much to insert with so much in flux at once. Yet, the more comprehensive your plan, the better you can anticipate what to do, protect your kids, and allow for greater communication between the two of you.
While some parents have figured out the most pressing issues together, very few communicate well enough or have the foresight to work through everything that could arise at such an unpredictable time.
Not only a legal document, but your parenting plan is also a reference for how you will communicate together as your children’s parents going forward. You will want to review your agreement regularly until you get comfortable with your new arrangement.