What is a Parenting Plan?


Q. What is a Parenting Plan?

A. A Parenting Plan is way for divorcing (or even divorced) parents to plan for the parenting of their children after a divorce. It provides parents with an opportunity to establish a road map for future parenting of the child and can serve as a successful tool in reducing conflict when it is prepared in thoughtful, rational discussion rather than in heated emotional exchanges.

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10 Signs of a Healthy, Effective Co-Parenting Relationship

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Odilon Dimier/PhotoAlto Agency RF Collections/Getty Images

by Jennifer Wolf via VeryWellFamily

It takes a lot of work for two parents to get to the point where they can say their co-parenting relationship is actually going really well. For most families, there is much room for improvement. Rather than focusing on what's not working, though, identify what is going well so that you can accentuate the positive as work toward resolving conflicts with your ex. The following signs are evidence indicators of a healthy and productive co-parenting relationship.

As you read them, consider what already works for you, as well as those areas you hope to improve.

When the livin’ ain’t (always) easy: Summertime child custody issues


by Stephanie Reid via Avvo

Summertime is usually period of rest, relaxation and smooth sailing. But not always. For co-parents of children subject to a court-ordered custody and visitation arrangement, the harried summer months often upend schedules and routines.

This post takes a look at typical custody issues facing co-parents in summer months, as well as possible solutions to help avoid mid-July meltdowns. Check it out:

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Parental alienation is the process, and result, of psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family members. It occurs almost exclusively with family separation or divorce, particularly where legal action is involved. If your ex-spouse is committing this divisive act, call us to set up a consultation.

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A Co-Parenting Win

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Image via 1822 Photography

via ScaryMommy

This man, who still mows his ex-wife's lawn, shows how co-parenting can work to benefit the entire family.

No one enters into marriage believing they’ll one day divorce. Having children together only complicates an already excruciatingly painful time when a marriage ends. Even in the best, most amicable situations, it can be difficult to treat your ex with respect and love. But when you do, you show your kids that even though your family dynamics have changed, you will always be a family.

Click here to read more about how this family makes co-parenting work.

Are your adolescent children struggling with your divorce?

Are your adolescent children struggling with your divorce? Consider watching SPLIT, a deeply personal film that explores the effects of divorce on children. The film features twelve children aged 6-12, who explore the often frightening and always life altering separation of their parents.

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Co-parenting Through the Holidays


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When a divorce or separation happens, the holidays may be really tough for children to cope with. As a parent, your challenge is to start new traditions. To give the children something to look forward to when the holidays come. You should focus on changing the season from a time to dwell on the past to the excitement of something new.

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How to tell your child you’re getting divorced

What you tell your children about your impending divorce should depend on their age. Photo from

What you tell your children about your impending divorce should depend on their age. Photo from

Author Rachael Sharman shares suggestions to how to communicate this change to your family dynamic according to your children's ages.

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