It can be hard to raise a child between homes. Whether you were married before and got a divorce or you and your child’s other parent have never been an official couple, the reality remains that having a child you both have to raise can be complex. You both have to work out how you want to raise them and set up a schedule that suits your situations, too.
When you and your child’s other parent sit down to talk about how to raise your child, you want to do more than just make a schedule. You need to talk about medical care, religion, bedtimes and so many aspects of a child’s life. Do you want them to play sports? Are you happy with PG or G-rated films for your child’s age? These are all issues that could cause disputes, so talk them over now.
Communication is the key to success when you’re raising a child. Good communication means that you and the other parent are able to discuss issues you have while parenting your child and can work together to resolve them. Not all people have the ability to work together well, and in those cases, a parenting plan can be a life-saver. It gives you a document to look back on when you aren’t sure how to handle a parenting situation, and it lets you know what to do in emergencies and other unexpected situations.
Your attorney can help you put together a parenting plan, so you and your child’s other parent both know what is expected of you and can work together more easily as your child grows up between your homes.