If you live separately from your child’s other parent because of a divorce or separation, you should still make sure that you are both parts of your child’s life and that they get the best they can from you. This is achievable by creating a solid parenting plan that both parents adhere to. Here’s what you need to know about parenting plans in Maryland and why they are essential.
About parenting plans
In Maryland, parents must submit a solid parenting plan during the child custody litigation process. This parenting plan must contain detailed information concerning the decision-making process and visitation schedules that are in the child’s best interest.
With the help of your attorneys or a mediator, you and the other parent will create worksheets of your schedules and decision-making processes concerning the child. You will compare notes, resolve any differences and then develop a single parenting plan that you both will adhere to. You must submit this plan written on Form CC-DR-109, available on the Maryland Judiciary website, for the court to review.
Why is a parenting plan important?
Children often thrive on stability. A parenting plan with a good schedule helps your kids know what’s going to happen and what to expect from either parent. It gives them a sense of security even after the divorce.
Developing such a plan can enhance cooperation between you and the other parent. If you have a solid parenting plan that you both follow as expected, it will be easier for you and the other parent to collaborate and discuss matters in the child’s best interest. There will be fewer conflicts involved in raising your children.
A parenting plan ensures that the child gets the best from both parents after a divorce. Children often struggle with divorce, but a parenting plan that both parents stick to shows them that they are still loved, cared for, and safe.