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Whether you are going through a divorce or dealing with child custody issues as a single parent, developing a parenting plan that works for both you and your child can be a challenge. Your child’s best interests should be at the forefront of any negotiations, but there are issues to consider which could impact you as a parent.
The former method of awarding child custody to one parent while the other gets visitation has been largely replaced in Indiana and across the United States with the idea of dividing the responsibilities and duties of caregiving between both parents. Children generally benefit from having a close, loving relationship with both their mother and father, and parenting plans seek to accomplish that goal.
Under Indiana parenting plan guidelines, parents may share custody of children, depending on circumstances such as the parent’s proven ability to provide for their child, the location of their home to the child’s school, and the wishes of the child. Other items which may be added as part of your parenting plan include:
Covering all your bases in a parenting plan reduces the likelihood of disputes. Parents.com advises that there are also things you can do on your own to help make the situation easier for your child. This includes:
For caring, experienced legal representation in establishing a parenting plan, contact the Bellinger Law Office today. Our Fort Wayne parenting plan attorneys provide legal guidance to protect your rights as a parent, while helping negotiate arrangements that in your child’s best interests. Call or contact our office online and schedule a consultation to see how we can help you today.
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