If you have children and are seeking a divorce in Nebraska, one of the things you will be required to do is to create a parenting plan. This document is required by statute and is expected to be the cooperative result of both parents.
Because the statute presumes that each parent is entitled to equal custody and access to the child or children, working together with your children’s other parent is the best means of obtaining a parenting plan that is in your children’s best interest.
Parenting plans should reflect reality
No one said it would be easy. Shared parenting is often touted as ideal, but it requires a great deal of cooperation between the parents. It also may demand certain structural elements of your life after divorce. If you both continue to live in the same school district, rotating the children every few days between your households may work well.
On the other hand, if one of the parents needs to move farther away, where travel time would make delivering the children to school impractical, you will need to look to a different custody option. Similarly, if a parent travels a great deal for work, they may have to limit their time with the children to weekends or other periods when they are in town.
The key to a successful parenting plan is realism. It must be viable in practice. If there are too many complexities or exceptions, you or your former spouse may become frustrated and have a hard time complying with the plan.
Consider dispute resolution tactics
Additionally, your parenting plan needs to include provisions on how to solve disputes and how to review and revise the parenting plan due to changes in your children’s lives.
By creating realistic expectations, your parenting plan can help reduce conflict and provide the foundation for you and your children’s other parent to truly create a custody situation that serves their best interests.