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Maintain parent-child relationship with a workable parenting plan

California parents who are divorcing are required by the courts to draw up a custody and visitation agreement that will allow each parent fair access to the children. Such a parenting plan commonly includes a detailed schedule of the times children will spend with each parent. In addition, it will contain directives on how decisions related to the children's welfare will be made. This includes health care and education.

When drafting a parenting plan, the children's best interests should guide the planning. The plan can specify which parent will have the children on weekends and during holidays, along with details of how and when exchanges will take place. The ages of the children will determine some details of the parenting plan, so adjustments to the plan may be necessary as children grow older. As time progresses, children may become more involved in extracurricular activities that will have to be addressed in the parenting plan, as it is vital for both parents to be involved and supporting during such activities.

The access each parent will have to information concerning the children can also be specified. For example, this would clarify whether both parents will have access to school and medical records and list any restrictions related to communication, such as phone calls and emails. The benefits of creating a workable schedule and following it are many and may help parents avoid unpleasant disputes in the future.

Some California parents utilize the services of an experienced child custody attorney to assist them in drafting a workable parenting plan that will benefit all parties. Once a parenting plan is agreed upon, both parents will sign it before it is presented to the family court for the judge's signature. If the judge is satisfied that the parenting plan is workable and protects the best interests of the children, it will become a court order.

Source: courts.ca.gov, "Parenting Plans", Jan. 16, 2015

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