Divorcing with kids - A guide to parenting plans

A guide to parenting plans for co-parents

Child holding hands with mother and father who has a suitcase

Originally published on 28th September 2018 at 10:20 AM

If you’re divorcing with kids, prioritizing their needs during your divorce will help them thrive in the future. A good way to minimise the impact on children is to create a parenting plan.
A parenting plan helps you consider two critical things when divorcing with kids:

1. Your relationship as parents to your children is not ending – how will you create an effective co-parenting relationship?

2. What do your children need from you individually and collectively to thrive and be happy in the future?

What is a parenting plan?

A parenting plan is a written agreement made by parents, in the process of separating or divorcing. It covers how to co-parent children during and after your breakup. The first thing many parents face when divorcing with kids is how to tell them. A parenting plan can help you decide what to say and when. Clearly recording the decisions you’ve made about how and where the children will live is important.

Your parenting plan can be, revised and updated as your children grow or as your family circumstances change. Another important thing to sort out is how you will organise holidays and special occasion once you live in separate houses. Where will the children spend Christmas this year, or who how will you handle their birthdays? Additionally, when you’re divorcing with kids, communicating arrangements is vital. How will you do this? How will you create an amicable co-parenting relationship?
Our video explains how creating a parenting plan helps when you’re divorcing with kids.

Our video explains how creating a plan keep the focus on the kids.

A parenting plan helps you collect, share and communicate about all of the issues involved when you’re divorcing with kids, additionally it lays the foundations for an amicable co-parenting relationship.

Our app can help if you’re divorcing with kids

Our amicable app contains easy to use templates to help you create your own parenting plan. Collect, share and communicate essential divorce information with your ex about parenting decisions. Start in the Parenting Plan section of the amicable app.

Kate Daly
Kate Daly
Kate Daly is a co-founder of amicable and host of The Divorce Podcast. Kate is a divorce expert and helps couples and separated parents navigate divorce and separation amicably. She's passionate about changing the way the world divorces and campaigns for fairer divorce laws and access to justice.


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