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How to Make a 50/50 Parenting Plan Work

Parenting Plan WorkTraditionally, parenting plans have one primary parent and another getting visitation. But, for some families, it makes more sense to do a 50/50 parenting plan, which means each parent shares custody equally.

These arrangements can be difficult for not only the parents, but also the children.

If you are thinking about doing a 50/50 or you already have one, there are a few things you can do to make it workable.

Have it in Writing

Miscommunication could make one parent think they are sharing 50/50 custody, when they really aren’t. That is why your parenting plan must be in writing and filed with the courts; that way there is no question of who gets what.

Live Close

50/50 arrangements are difficult if parents don’t live close to each other. To make it easier on the kids, especially for school, extra-curricular and friends, you need to live relatively close to each other. That way kids can keep the same lifestyle regardless of which house they are at.

Be Flexible

50/50 parenting arrangements work great in theory, but rarely in reality. While you may expect 50 percent of the time to be your time, things happen.

It is only going to work if both parties are flexible and willing to work things out if there is a week or month where things don’t go as planned.

Work Together

While you are divorced, you still need to be civil and work together, especially with this type of parenting plan. It is imperative that you both communicate with one another and don’t pit anyone against another in the family.

Because you are sharing equal custody, you will still operate like a family even if you are divorced.

Hire a Lawyer Before You Finalize It

Sometimes it is best to consult a family attorney before finalizing a 50/50 parenting plan. Divorce is hard enough without having to agree how you will manage and raise your children.

While a 50/50 plan can work out for parents, sometimes you need a professional to review the plan, get it in writing and possibly identify any pitfalls that could make pulling off this agreement too difficult for your lifestyle.

For assistance with your parenting plan, contact the family law experts at Estevez-Pazos Law Firm today. We offer no obligation consultations. Call and speak with an attorney or schedule your appointment at 305-717-7130.

Also Read : Tips for Playing Fair While Negotiating Parental Responsibility

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