Whether you and your child’s other parent are getting along during the process of your divorce in Michigan, or you are struggling to cooperate, it is essential to keep sight of your goals while drafting the parenting plan. There are standard guidelines that provide a general overview of the things that you should consider, and many issues such as major holidays and birthdays are covered. We at the Law Office of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., have helped many parents identify their specific schedule needs in preparation for this critical discussion.
CustodyXchange.com lists several options to consider before you meet with your child’s other parent about the parenting plan. For example, it may be a good idea to print out the school schedule. There are typically several weekdays during the year designated as non-student days, and if these are not discussed, your child may end up spending the day in childcare or with a relative while you and the other parent work. However, by planning ahead, one or more of these may be used to go on a special outing with your child. This type of arrangement is often amenable to parents who are not able to take off work and are then freed of the responsibility of finding alternative care.
It is also a good idea to think ahead to any personal special days such as a regularly held family reunion or a religious holiday that include traditions or experiences that you would like your child to participate in. Anticipating the other parent’s potential requests can give you an idea of how you may go about negotiations for the days that you want to include on the visitation schedule. For more information about child custody, please visit our page.