As Colorado Springs family law attorneys, we are often asked to review documents for parties before they file them with the court. One of the most frequent documents that we review is the Parenting Plan. Many times, the Parenting Plan is fine enough to meet the parties’ needs, but we also find that these schedules may need some finishing touches to make it just that much better. The following are three topics you should think about adding to your Parenting Plan for an attorney.
Think about what activities each parent shall be prohibited from doing during their parenting time. One example is that “The parents agree that they will not encourage the children to keep secrets from the other parent.” Another example is that “The parents agree not to use the children as a mode or communication to the other parent about schedules, parenting time or child support.” These are just a couple of examples. We believe that by adding prohibited activities to a Parenting Plan, it can help all parties involved acknowledge what they should not be doing or saying.
Contact with the Children
As parents, you need to decide how, when, and how often you want to communicate with your children when you are not exercising parenting time. Are you going to communicate by telephone, text, email, Skype, Facetime, or Zoom? What time will you call the children? And what is the protocol if the exercising parent is busy with the children? Also, think about how often you will contact the children when you are not exercising parenting time. Remember, that anything that you are agreeing to do will more than likely apply to the other parent as well.
In Colorado, a non-disparagement section in a Parenting Plan is a finishing touch that basically says that each parent will not make disparaging remarks or comments about the other parent in front of the children. Basically, parents should help encourage the other parent’s relationship with the children instead of belittling it.
Get Help Drafting a Parenting Plan in Colorado
A Parenting Plan is a complex document and one that helps define what your parenting time looks like for years to come after a divorce or allocation of parenting time case. It is too important of a document to just check the boxes and file it with the court. You should carefully review the document and make sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed. No two Parenting Plans are alike, so it should fit all of your needs as well as the needs of your children.
If you have questions about the finishing touches to your Parenting Plan in Colorado or need an attorney to review it, please contact the experienced family law attorneys at Springs Law Group LLC to schedule an initial consultation.