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Divorce mediation, teamwork and creating your parenting plan

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2021 | child custody, mediation | 0 comments

For parents, one of the most difficult aspects of divorce is working out a plan that will help children adjust to the new family structure.

Texas encourages parents to develop a parenting plan outside of court. Mediation enables parents to work together toward this goal.

A non-adversarial approach

Litigation is the choice of many divorcing couples. However, studies show that a lengthy and often contentious court proceeding is hard on children. Physically and emotionally, they do much better when their parents communicate and show that they can negotiate a settlement agreement that is best for everyone in the family. Mediation is a non-adversarial approach to divorce during which the parties can create a parenting plan as part of their settlement agreement.

Points to include

As “joint managing conservators,” Texas parents must develop a parenting plan that is in the children’s best interests. Every such plan is unique, but basic elements include:

  • a weekly visitation schedule
  • how parents will handle transporting the children between homes
  • which parent is responsible for making major decisions on behalf of the children
  • which parent the children will spend vacations and holidays with
  • how parents will communicate with the children and with each other about the children

Foundation for the future

Parents know their children better than anyone. The opportunity to create a parenting plan outside of court enables them to be flexible about their parenting responsibilities and to tailor an effective plan without having to adhere to the decisions of a judge. A customized, workable parenting plan helps build a new foundation for family life in a post-divorce world.

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