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What do you know about parenting plans for divorced life in Utah?

Divorcing parents in Utah should work together to draft a viable parenting plan. A thorough strategy helps children navigate their new lives.

Divorce comes with making several decisions for your new life in Utah. For instance, you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse must decide how to raise your shared children. Working together on a parenting plan makes your separate lives easier and facilitates happiness in your children’s lives.

Make room for reason

No matter how you may feel about your ex-spouse, it is important to take your children’s lives and happiness into top consideration when drafting a parenting plan. Your children may have a different relationship with either parent, and your work schedule or other obligations may keep you from spending as much time as you may like with your kids. Think about the most reasonable option that works well for everyone.

Start sooner rather than later

With so many decisions to make regarding your marital split, it can be easy to push your parenting plan to the edge of the pile. Prioritize your plan so your children acclimate to their new living arrangements as quickly as possible. Proper support and a solid routine help kids live healthier, happier lives, no matter if their parents are divorced or remain married. If you feel tempted to delay working on your parenting plan, consider how structure and stability will benefit your children.

Learn how to voice your concerns

Maybe your ex’s bad habits, such as substance abuse or an unwillingness to work, contributed to your divorce. These concerns may carry over to creating your parenting plan. Rather than hope your former spouse makes a change for the better, think about the specific worries you harbor and how those worries may translate to raising your children. Then, determine a fair and helpful way to raise those issues in your parenting plan and offer suggestions for addressing concerns. It is better to address your worries now rather than later, as altering the parenting plan down the road may prove challenging.

Think about communication methods with your ex

You and your former spouse must communicate with each other while drafting your parenting plan and while enacting it in the months and years ahead. If it is difficult to maintain civil conversation with each other, choose a different and viable form of communication for the parenting plan. You may want to use a shared digital calendar, text messages, or emails to communicate. It is a good idea to choose a recordable communication method, in case you ever need to share your conversations with the court.

Do you have ideas for a parenting plan? For professional insights, consult with a legal advocate experienced with divorce.