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Parenting plans and divorce

When Texans who have young children divorce, they will need to complete and file legal agreements, financial documents and parenting plans. Disentangling the relationship financially and legally is often difficult, but dividing the parental responsibilities and custody may be the hardest of all. Parenting plans are arguably the most important documents divorcing parents will need to complete, though.

It is a very good idea to have plans that are very detailed and thorough. This can help parents navigate their shared parenting responsibilities later on. While parents may end up filing the plan away and rarely revisiting it, getting it all down on paper is a good way to outline the expectations and roles that each party will play in regards to their children.

Thoroughly discussing and thinking through the details of a parenting plan can help couples achieve the closure they need from their divorce. Having a thorough plan can also let new partners and others know that both parents value their roles for parenting their children. It also can prevent future arguments about what either ex-spouse said and can provide a way to resolve differences without needing to retry issues in court.

A parent who is getting a divorce needs to keep in mind that the most important thing is doing what is in the best interests of the child. Understanding that in most cases, children do better when they have liberal contact with both parents is important. A divorcing parent may want to get help from a family law attorney in crafting a parenting plan that will be beneficial for all involved. Even though the marriage may end, parents will always be connected through their children and future grandchildren.

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