Well, maybe. But, in divorce mediation, we like to create a blueprint for the family’s future. The parenting plan may change as the children grow and economic situations change. So, the more flexible you are the better. Still, it is good to have a default plan in place for every day, and for the times that problems arise. The parenting plan is a place to turn when the parents do not agree about how to proceed. Also, sometimes the partner claiming that the couple is flexible is really just used to get his or her way, so the parenting plan provides protection for both parties.
In addition, as people begin to move on, and add new people into their lives, the amicable relationship that they now have may change over time, and it is good to have a plan in place. Indeed, one of the more prickly issues, is often how and when to introduce new partners to the children. We discuss this and other difficult issues upfront, so that everyone knows how to proceed when the time comes. By covering all the issues in the parenting plan – the hard ones and the easy ones – we minimize future stresses for the parents and the kids, and the whole family does better.
For more information about parenting plans or divorce mediation, please contact Randi M. Albert, JD or Michelle Weinberg, LMFT at Westfield Mediation, LLC at 908-913-0373 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website www.westfieldnjmediation.com