Separation rarely occurs without some conflict. When Illinois parents decide to raise children in two homes, creating a plan to make it work may become the source of contention.

A parenting plan governs who sees the kids when. It is a requirement of divorces with children. When it comes to creating a plan to put children first, we at Judith Trentman Wilson, Attorney at Law, P.C. are here to assist.

Time with both parents

Making sure children get the necessary care is the first step in drafting a parenting plan. Parents should step back and examine what will help kids get through the transition. The foundation of an effective parenting plan is a schedule ensuring the kids have time in both homes. While it may not work out to equal time, it should include sufficient time with both. The court understands children thrive with both parents, even when living apart.

Realistic expectations

Keeping the children in a constant state of flux is the last thing a court will entertain. A parenting plan that is not effective will fail when put into practice. Therefore, setting realistic expectations is best. When dividing up time between households, parents should consider:

Transportation to and from school

Attendance at practices and games

Forecasting holiday work and family needs

The court will examine this schedule and may question the parents as to how they arrived at the plan. When parents express confidence that the plan will work for the children, the court is more willing to approve it.

Setting aside differences during a divorce may seem impossible. However, creating a parenting plan is vital to the success of the children’s emotional well-being. For more insight, check out our website.