Although divorce ends a marriage, issues involving child custody may require the former spouses to maintain contact. For example, visitations could require much coordination, and unexpected emergencies might upend schedules. Perhaps devising and submitting a workable parenting plan in a Nebraska family court before the final divorce decree is issued would avoid potential problems.
Coming up with a workable co-parenting plan
Confusion and disorganization won’t likely help a child custody arrangement work smoothly. When spouses devise a co-parenting plan during the divorce negotiations, both parties may agree on authority designations and other matters.
The parenting plan will typically cover what parent makes decisions about healthcare, education and other essential aspects of the child’s life. Also, the plan might establish the days the child spends with the other parent. The plan may establish certain authorities and responsibilities to the noncustodial parent, such as allowing that parent to make decisions about the child’s unique talents. For example, the noncustodial parent could be more capable of managing the young one’s athletic career.
Developing the co-parenting plan
Co-parenting plans need not be one-sided. Both parties would generally have an opportunity to work out an agreement. Sometimes, the spouses may require a divorce coach or therapist assistance. Such actions could help the parents overcome disagreements that drag out the divorce proceedings.
Of course, a judge would review the parenting plan during the child custody hearing. Concerns about the child’s best interest will guide a judge’s decisions.
Child custody talks may also include discussions about child support. Setting a particular amount of child support depends on several factors. Both spouses may need to present compelling evidence to support their stated expenses and income.
The court could revisit decisions related to child custody and support later. Circumstances might change, and those changes might impact the child. So, a return to family court may be necessary.