California parents know that child custody is one of the most difficult and sensitive issues in a divorce. Both parents want to preserve their relationship with their child, and it can be hard to reach an agreement on what custody and visitation should look like. However, you and your spouse may resolve to work together on custody matters and reach a smart, workable resolution for your children.

As you draft your parenting plan, there are certain things you may want to consider in order to ensure that you reach the best possible custody solution. Drafting a parenting plan is not an easy process, and it can be beneficial to be as thorough as possible. Being thorough can help you avoid potential problems in the future.

What should you include?

When drafting your visitation schedule and custody order, it is beneficial to think beyond temporary emotions and consider what will work best long-term. Some of the factors you may want to consider as you draft your plan include the following: 

  • Details for the visitation schedule
  • How children will be able to see extended family, such as grandparents
  • How two parents will share holiday visitation, summer vacations and more
  • Which parent will have the right to make major decisions on behalf of the child
  • The process by which parents will resolve any future disputes that arise

One of the benefits of handling custody matters out of court is that it is significantly less stressful for every member of the family. It also gives a family the ability to address factors that may be unique to their family, such as a parent’s non-traditional work schedules, the medical needs of the children and more.

While drafting a parenting plan, the primary goal will still be to protect the best interests of the children above all else. It is possible to pursue a final agreement that suits the needs of your family while still protecting your parental rights. 

The right plan for your family

There is no cookie-cutter solution for child custody. Every family has unique needs, and with a thoughtful, carefully drafted parenting plan, you can address your concerns and provide stability and security for your children.

Even if you will not go to court over child custody, it is still useful to seek guidance as you address these sensitive matters. It may be helpful to seek a complete evaluation of your case as you proceed.