If you’re going through divorce, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse wants to do what’s best for your child, it’s time to consider the benefits of a shared parenting plan.

While there are sure to be times when you disagree on certain aspects of raising your child, a shared parenting plan can provide an outline that keeps both parents on the same page as the years go by.

When it comes time to create a shared parenting plan, make sure you focus on the following details:

— Financial responsibilities.

— Parenting time arrangements.

— Medical care.

— Educational decisions.

— Religion.

— Social activities, such as extracurricular activities offered through the child’s school

Although these aren’t the only details a shared parenting plan should touch on, they are definitely among the most important.

Also, it’s a good idea to add language regarding how to resolve any disputes that arise. You hope this never happens, but it’s hard to avoid this scenario. Most shared parenting plans outline a process for resolving a disagreement. This way, there is a system in place when a compromise can’t be made.

Although your divorce is sure to change your life in many ways, you don’t want this to put any strain on your child. This is why the use of a shared parenting plan has become so popular in today’s day and age.

As long as you and your former spouse are on the same page in regards to your child’s upbringing, this type of plan can be created and implemented at the appropriate time.

Source: FindLaw, “Shared Parenting vs. Sole Custody,” accessed Jan. 19, 2017