When Mississippi couples divorce, it is often after months or years of dissent and unhappiness. Although separating your life from that of your partner is challenging, if you have children, divorce is the start of a long road filled with compromise, debates and decisions. We often help clients work through custody and visitation issues.
According to Divorce Magazine, a parenting plan puts the interests of your children front and center. You may want to develop a comprehensive plan focusing on them before systematically dividing assets and deciding who gets the family pet. This ensures your kids get the stability and structure they deserve. A thorough arrangement incorporates more than who has physical custody and a visitation schedule.
Creating a detailed agreement
Parenting plans can include guidelines for handling many decisions related to the health and welfare of your children, such as the following:
- Religious upbringing
- School selection
- Amount of contact with extended family
- Medical record access
- Health insurance
- Attendance at extracurricular activities
Preparing for the unexpected
Life does not always go according to plan. You may want a schedule that allows your children to be with you half of the time. However, if you work long hours or travel a lot, it may not be feasible. As your kids grow and become more involved with friends and school activities, the initial schedule may no longer work for them or you. Take a step back and prepare for flexibility. Concessions may be necessary for you and your ex.
Your children love both of their parents. Protect your relationship with them by working in good faith to make their new circumstances as comfortable as possible.