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Decision-making must be covered in a parenting plan

Parents who have a child custody agreement have to decide who is going to make which decisions for the children. There are three main areas of concern — education, health care and faith. When you are working out the parenting plan with your ex, you will have to outline who will handle the major decisions.

There are two ways that these decisions can be made. One parent could make all the decisions for a specific category. Alternatively, both parents can make decisions equally. However, both options can still present challenges for the adults.

We know that the thought of someone else making decisions for your children is difficult. Your ex probably feels the same way. It is best for you to think carefully about which areas of the child’s life you feel most strongly.

On top of deciding who is going to make the major decisions, you also have to make plans for what will happen in an emergency. For example, if you have your child with you but your ex makes medical decisions, what happens if your child has a medical emergency? Can you make the decisions about the care in the emergency room while you wait on your ex to arrive?

Your parenting plan needs to include all of the provisions upon which you and your ex decide. Detailing your intentions in writing can prevent issues from occurring in the future. Nobody wants to be fumbling around in an emergency when minutes can count. We can help you to get everything together so you are prepared for a positive custody arrangement.


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