Louisiana courts are leaning more towards encouraging parents to find ways to co-parent their children rather than handing down rulings providing traditional visitation and custody schedules during a divorce. The thought is that it is much better for your children if you and your ex-partner can work together to develop a parenting plan that suits your family. It helps reduce stress and leads to more amicable co-parenting situations.
Creating your parenting plan, though, can be a daunting task. Very Well Family advises that you should go into the process with an open mind and willingness to work with your children's other parent to produce a visitation and custody schedule that will be in the best interests of your children. Focusing on the children can help ease any issues and prevent arguments.
While you have to be reasonable and consider the logistics of the plan, you also should avoid focusing on yourselves. Keep the plan about the children. Think about their needs. Maybe it is not convenient for you to pick your son up after baseball practice, but if that is what needs to happen, then you have to make it work.
In some cases, you can get the children involved in helping to create your plan. If they are older, they may have opinions on what they want or what they think should be done. Remember to not take anything too personally, especially if your child expresses a desire to spend more time with his or her other parent. Be open and listen to your child.
The good news is that if you and your ex-partner can create a solid parenting plan, then you are likely going to have a better time making co-parenting work, which is a win-win situation for everyone. This information is for education and is not legal advice.