Many divorces in Colorado and around the country involve children. This means that both parents will have to come to terms with having to construct a co-parenting plan. Many courts require this plan as it will outline how the child or children will be raised. Understandably, creating a co-parenting plan can be extremely difficult and tedious, especially if both parents aren’t on the best terms.
What should be included?
Even if you’re done creating a co-parenting child custody plan, the courts still need to approve it. This is because they want to make sure that the plan is in the child’s best interest. It is important to include as much detail as possible in order to demonstrate that you are actively ensuring your child’s well-being. Here are some of the items you may want to include:
- Health care details
- Education information
- Extracurricular activity budget
- College expense savings plan
- Child support details
Common mistakes to avoid
Perhaps the biggest mistake is a parent making it all about themselves. A judge will be able to tell and may place you in a bad light moving forward with your divorce case. The judge wants to see that you are actually attempting to do what is best for the child. Other types of mistakes to avoid include:
- Not enough detail in the plan
- No medical emergency procedure
- No travel restrictions included
Divorce is never an easy process to go through. That is why it is highly recommended to have an attorney at your side throughout the entire process. This may help you understand the process that much better and avoid making critical mistakes along the way.