What to consider when crafting a parenting plan

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Arizona law generally allows both parents to have an active role in their children’s lives after a divorce. When properly constructed, a parenting plan makes it easier for them to raise their children together in a productive manner. This may prevent their children from being exposed to anything that might cause emotional trauma.

You’ll need to be flexible

Ideally, at least one parent will be available when necessary to supervise your son or daughter. This may mean that you have to adjust your work schedule so that you have time to drive your child to school in the morning or soccer practice in the afternoon. It may also be necessary to move to a different part of town to ensure that your child has a safe place to stay when in your care.

A plan should be as specific as possible

Instead of saying that you get to see your child after school, a parenting plan should say that your child will come to your home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m. This minimizes the risk of an argument because it’s not possible to misinterpret specific dates or times. An attorney may be able to help your craft the terms of a parenting plan or represent your interests during a child custody dispute.

If you have any questions about your parental rights after a divorce, it’s generally a good idea to speak with an attorney and talk more about what goes into crafting a custody order and what to do if you are denied custody of your children. As a general rule, noncustodial parents will still receive visitation rights to their sons or daughters.