How To Establish A 50/50 Parenting Plan

legal parentsWhen establishing an equally shared parenting plan (50/50 parenting plan) it is important to develop a plan that is viable and will offer the most meaningful relationship for the children. In today’s society, many separated or divorced parents wish to be equally involved with their children’s needs, interests, and lives.  A parenting plan that is 50/50 can be created through a multitude of ways.  However, it must be developed through negotiation and compromise. It is important to remember that the plan must conform to the needs and best interests of the children. It is important to be familiar with and understand the difference between sole custody and joint custody prior to establishing a parenting plan. Working together with a legal professional to establish a plan is often key to a successful parenting plan.

When establishing an equally shared parenting plan (50/50 parenting plan) it is important to develop a plan that is viable and will offer the most meaningful relationship for the children. In today’s society, many separated or divorced parents wish to be equally involved with their children’s needs, interests, and lives.  A parenting plan that is 50/50 can be created through a multitude of ways.  However, it must be developed through negotiation and compromise. It is important to remember that the plan must conform to the needs and best interests of the children. It is important to be familiar with and understand the difference between sole custody and joint custody prior to establishing a parenting plan. Working together with a legal professional to establish a plan is often key to a successful parenting plan.

A legal professional will gather information about a family that will include:

  • Age of the children and his or her level of maturity
  • Special needs or disabilities of either the parents or children
  • Current work schedules of the parents and his or her ability to be flexible
  • Children’s schedules including any after school activities
  • Current child care arrangements
  • Religious practices
  • Current living arrangements

After a legal professional gathers information, he or she will discuss with the parents what is most important to each of them as well as his or her goals.  This may include:

  • Maintaining a close relationship with the children
  • Being actively involved in their lives
  • Equally sharing responsibility for the children

Once all of the information is gathered and all factors are taken into consideration, a properly executed plan will be developed and will address the following, among others:

  • Consistent contact with each parent
  • How parents will communicate with each other
  • How holidays and summer breaks will be spent
  • What happens if a parent is unable to adhere to the plan due to work or travel
  • The roles of signifcant others
  • Child expenses

Once a plan is negotiated, it is important that it is in writing and signed by both parties. A 50/50 parenting plan allows individuals to work together and be actively involved in their children’s lives in order to serve their best interests. A formalized plan delivers structure, consistency, stability, and security in the lives of the children and allows the parents to play an equal role in raising them.

It can be overwhelming to navigate the custody process especially when it comes to protecting the interests of your children. Seeking the guidance of an experienced Long Island family law attorney may be crucial to peacefully resolving potentially contentious issues. The Long Island family lawyers of McGuire & Peláez, PC are sensitive to your needs, skilled in handling divorce and family court matters, and will fight zealously for your rights.

Ms. Pelaez has been handling dozens of cases a week in Family Court as a private attorney and a Court appointed Law Guardian.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Long Island divorce law office at (631) 348-1702.

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