When a couple divorces, one of the issues they must resolve is that of dividing parenting responsibilities. In addition to the issues of residence and legal decision making, there are many details of day-to-day scheduling that need to be addressed. The state of New York provides divorcing parents with a form to assist in identifying and addressing these issues.
Sharing parental responsibility
A parenting plan delineates specific issues related to the care of children. The plan is likely to include such topics as a schedule of pick ups and drop offs between parents, division of responsibility for extracurricular activities and transportation to and from school, as well as more conceptual issues like discipline and religious practice and identity. At the time of divorce, the needs of the children are addressed according to their current developmental stage. As children grow, the parenting plan may require modification to reflect the changing needs of the child.
Things that might require change
Some areas of a parenting plan that might need to be modified as your child grows include:
An effective parenting plan is designed to help parents cooperate with one another in raising their shared children. There is no requirement that parents agree on every aspect of child rearing, only that they follow an established process for resolving conflict when they are not able to agree.
Mediation can be an excellent place to work through the initial parenting plan and a logical place to return when the plan needs modification. Review your parenting plan with your Buffalo area family law attorney every two to three years.
As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 28 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.
Alexandra M. Rockwood is a Senior Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates and has been with the firm since early 2020. She primarily practices in the areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, child custody, and child support. Alexandra is a practicing matrimonial and family law attorney as…