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How a parenting plan can help after your divorce

If you have children and you are working on a divorce, you know one of the most difficult aspects of that divorce will be developing a parenting plan. In Kentucky, a parenting plan will control the custody and visitation rights of your children, and a thoughtful and carefully constructed parenting plan can help build the structure your "new" family will have to work with after the divorce is final.

Custody consists of two parts. There is physical custody, which governs where the children will reside and the time they will spend with each parent. The other custody is legal custody, which consists of the decision-making authority for the children. Matters such as where they attend school, their medical care, and their religious instruction all fall under this custody.

In most cases, it is presumed that both parents should be involved with their children's lives and so a shared or joint physical custody plan is created. Even if one parent is given sole physical custody, the other parent is likely to have visitation rights and joint legal custody.

Because this is best for the children, parents who can create a parenting plan cooperatively will have the easiest time dealing with the challenges that are certain to arise. A parenting plan can help set expectations by detailing where the children will spend vacations, holidays, birthdays and school breaks. By laying out all of these events in advance, you will know how to plan to make the most of your time with your children.

A central fact to keep in mind is that while you may divorce your spouse, that person will always be your child's other parent. Developing a plan and the skills you will need to work with them in a civil, non-confrontational manner will lead to the best results for your children.

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