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Issues that can be addressed in a Georgia parenting plan

Raising a child with a parent to whom you are not married can be an enormous challenge for any mom or dad. Some people feel comfortable with an informal arrangement and an agreement to just cooperate and be civil.

However, failing to make an enforceable parenting plan can lead to confusion, disputes and miscommunication that could have otherwise been avoided with a clear and comprehensive parenting plan. If you and another parent are sharing custody of a child, it is wise and necessary to discuss and put down in writing some of the more common issues that can arise when parents share custody.

Among the many items that can be laid out in a typical Georgia parenting plan, parents can include:

  • When a parent will be expected to pick up or drop off a child
  • Custody schedules
  • Who will be allowed to make day-to-day decisions for the child
  • Who will be allowed to make major decisions for the child
  • How disagreements will be resolved
  • Where the child will spend holidays and vacations
  • Options for contacting the child when he or she is with the other parent

Once you and the other parent raising your child put these rules and responsibilities into a parenting plan, they can be approved and enforced by the courts. This can give parents and any children involved the peace of mind of knowing that violations of the plan and any disputes will be handled in a specific way and, if necessary, the courts can step in and enforce the document.

While you may not think you need a formal document specifying the rules and obligations of sharing custody, the fact is that a parenting plan can be a vital tool in helping parents and children understand what is expected. For more information on putting together, enforcing or challenging a parenting plan, it can be wise to speak with a family law attorney sooner, rather than later.

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