If you have children, custody proceedings will be part of your divorce. As part of this process, you and your spouse may have to collaboratively or independently create a parenting plan.
According to the Ohio Supreme Court, the court can approve this parenting plan if it reflects your children’s best interests. A solid parenting plan can help your children adjust to your divorce and prevent conflict as you adjust to co-parenting.
1. Explain why the plan benefits your children
As you write your parenting plan, detail exactly why you think your plan is in the best interests of your children. If, for example, you suggest less time than the standard schedule, explain why your plan supports your family’s circumstances.
2. Think about questions the court might ask
The court considers several standard questions when going over child custody plans. Some of these questions can include whether you have taken your children’s questions into account, whether the parenting plan will disrupt your children’s school-life involvement and whether you or your spouse are physically and mentally healthy.
3. Put time into writing the plan
When writing your plan, put as much time and thought into it as you can. You are more likely to get approval from the court if you are diligent about considering your children’s needs.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on a parenting plan, the court may decide which one to approve. If your case becomes more complicated, the court may need to hold a hearing to discuss your case.