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What is a shared parenting plan?

As you move through the divorce process, you'll have many important details on your mind. If you have at least one child with your former spouse, you need to do whatever it takes to remain a major part of their life.

In some cases, parents are unable to get along well enough to make joint decisions regarding their divorce, child custody arrangement, and other important details.

Conversely, there are times when both individuals want to do what is best for the child. These people often consider the benefits of a shared parenting plan.

With this in place, both parents agree to sharing decisions in regards to their child. While this is easier said than done, it's something that can work out in the favor of all parties when the right steps are taken.

In order for a shared parenting plan to be effective, both parents must be willing to work together and communicate in a clear and effective manner. Some of the issues that will need addressed include:

-- Educational decisions

-- Financial responsibilities

-- Parenting time

-- Religious decisions

-- Medical care

Also, it's important for the shared parenting agreement to outline the process for resolving a dispute. Even if you don't see this coming, there is likely to be a time when you don't agree with your former spouse.

If you're going through divorce and want to do what's best for your child, consider the benefits of a shared parenting plan. This isn't the right solution for every couple, but it's something to learn more about. When both people work together to create the plan, the end result will be something they can rely on well into the future.

Source: FindLaw, "Shared Parenting vs. Sole Custody," accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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