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Building a solid foundation for co-parenting with a plan

Making the transition from being married to being divorced and potentially on your own is not easy, especially for parents. However, many parents strive to ease that transition by committing to working together to raise their children, even after divorce.

While this can be a challenge, it is certainly not impossible. Many separated parents are able to do this because they have a solid parenting plan in place.

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Staying committed

Parenting plans are the backbone of co-parenting arrangements. These agreements set guidelines, establish schedules and create structure for raising a child separately but together. When co-parenting, parents would be wise to be deliberate and thoughtful about the elements of their parenting plan, as it can help everyone feel more secure about the future.

For instance, outlets recently revealed details on the parenting agreement for recently-divorced parents Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. While it might seem like celebrity divorces mainly serve as cautionary tales for what not do to do during a divorce, this particular case can be a good example for what parents can do to co-parent amicably.

According to reports, Pratt and Faris agreed to live within 5 miles of each other until their son is in sixth grade. The agreement also states that parties must give each other three months' notice if they wish to move further away. Notice is also necessary if either parent wants to leave the country or state with their son.

Building a plan that's right for you

Setting rules for living arrangements is just one option you might choose to pursue as you create your own parenting plan. You might also decide to set rules for custody exchanges or introducing a child to new dating partners.

Whatever you decide to include in your plan, it should fit your needs and protect your child. If you have questions about what you can or should not include in your parenting agreement from a legal perspective, you should talk to an experienced Family Law attorney.

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