If you have children and are going through a divorce, one of the most important and sometimes difficult things you will have to do is make a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how you will raise your child once the divorce is finalized.
The parenting plan determines the major details of your child’s living arrangement, their education and how decisions about their future will be made.
Because the parenting plan can have such a huge effect on the dynamics of your family moving forward, we recommend contacting a knowledgeable New Mexico family law attorney for assistance during your divorce.
The most important parts of the New Mexico parenting plan
In New Mexico, you should normally complete and agree upon a parenting plan before the divorce can be finalized.
A good parenting plan is intended to help you avoid some of the problems that typically arise in shared child custody situations.
Listed below are some of the important decisions that must be made in the parenting plan:
- Child custody and visitation. You will have to decide where the child will live primarily and how they will split time between parents.
- Healthcare. What doctors or healthcare professionals will the child see? What sort of medical insurance agreements are in place or need to be made?Are there any special needs that should be addressed?
- Basic care. This could include rules for sleep, diet, after-school activities and other details about the child’s care.
- Decisions. Will future decisions about the child be made jointly, individually or on a case-by-case basis?
- Education. You must decide what school they will attend, how you will deal with grades or absences, and who will attend things such as parent-teacher conferences or events at school. You should also discuss things like religion and recreational activities.
- Communication. How will you and your ex communicate in order to address the child’s transportation, pick-ups and drop-offs, and the myriad of situations that can arise when raising a child.
- Modifications. You should lay out the procedures for making modifications to the parenting plan.
New Mexico family law attorneys and parenting plan experts
If you’re going through a divorce in New Mexico, our family law office has nearly three decades of experience helping people like you. We keep our clients at the heart of our practice and strive for timely results both parties can be satisfied with.
It’s also important for us to try keep confrontation at a minimum, especially when children are involved.
If you have questions about making a parenting plan or wish to speak with an experienced family law attorney, give us a call today at (505) 503-1637 or contact us online.