If you and your spouse have children together and have decided to divorce, it is important to understand that your relationship will not end simply because your marriage does. Instead, it will be transformed into a different type of relationship in which you function as co-parents rather than spouses. One way to help get your co-parenting relationship off to a good start is by settling your divorce through the mediation process instead of through traditional litigation.
When you have a child with someone it doesn't matter if you're divorcing or breaking up...you're going to have to talk about who gets time with the child and when. This is what a parenting plan accomplishes; establishing each parent's schedule with the child. A parenting plan gives the parents, and more importantly, the child, stability and a routine for visitation.
I'm afraid this post isn't jam-packed with exciting or exotic Spring Break travel destinations. This post is on a more tame subject matter...about creating a spring break schedule in your parenting plan.
As discussed in part three of this four part series, using Christmas Day for the parenting plan's winter break exchange seems reasonable because the parents each have Christmas Day. But this may result in an uneven division of time.
When separating parties have children together a parenting plan designates custody of the children. In Washington, the custodial parent is known as the primary residential parent as he or she is the parent that the children primarily reside with. The parenting plan also designates when each parent has the child during school breaks or school vacations (winter, spring, summer). This post is part three of a four part post on creating a winter break schedule.
What's there not to be jolly about during the winter holidays if you're a child? School is out, endless hours of fun, lots of holiday treats to eat and presents to open. But if you're a parent who is going through a divorce or recently ended a relationship, the winter holidays present a whole new set of anxieties aside from the stresses of holiday mall shopping. You're fretting about what you're going to do about child custody especially during the holidays.