Parents across Nebraska know that you can only plan so much when it comes to raising kids. It can feel like something unexpected happens every day. However, planning ahead can help you address and/or avoid many foreseeable complications and challenges so it is often wise to have some idea of what you will do in certain situations.
This is why a parenting plan is such a critical element of any custody arrangement for parents raising a child separately but together. If you are a parent who is divorced or unmarried, chances are you will need to develop a parenting plan and have it approved by a court. In this post, we will examine what a typical parenting plan will include.
In accordance with Nebraska statutes, parenting plans will address and/or include:
- Parenting time, or physical custody
- Who has legal decision-making rights
- Who has day-to-day decision-making rights
- Assignments for custody over holidays and vacations
- Logistics for when, where and how custody exchanges will happen
- Instructions for how disputes should be resolved
- Guidelines for ensuring a child's well-being and safety
- Detailed custody schedules
These are just some of the essential matters that need to be included in any parenting plan. You can also add other terms, conditions or specifications that suit your individual situations, but you should remember that a court will need to ultimately approve the plan, so grossly unfair or unfavorable terms should be avoided.
Addressing these details in a parenting plan can provide parents with a valuable map of how to proceed in such a difficult situation. Typically, parents and their kids can feel nervous, frustrated, unsure and even scared when it comes to sharing custody, but discussing and resolving these types of matters beforehand can prove to be of great comfort and relief.
It is also important to know that you do not need figure all this out on your own. You can work with an attorney who is already familiar with the requirements, nuances and processes of developing a fair parenting plan.