Parenting plans are hard to make for any parents. In the wake of a divorce, putting together a plan can be very difficult. It can be especially uncomfortable if you and your spouse have a lot of conflicts and are really struggling to make even basic communication work. In these cases, many people turn to parallel parenting.
Are you ready to make a parenting plan that emphasizes parallel parenting? This is what you need to know about making your plan with the help of divorce mediation.
What Is Parallel Parenting?
In some cases, divorce is extremely high-conflict. This means that you and your spouse struggle to be in the same room with each other without fighting or engaging in some form of conflict. This is bad for you, and it can also be bad for your child.
Ultimately, parallel parenting involves a reduction in interaction. You do not have to engage with your co-parent, which allows you to avoid these high-conflict situations.
Divorce mediation can help you create a parallel parenting plan that will help you determine the best way to relieve tension in your child's life. A mediation service helps you determine what you can do to create a plan that allows each parent to engage with a child without creating tension in the child's life.
Often, people who engage in parallel parenting do not interact with each other. They may use a parenting app, often one recommended by a court or mediation professional, to discuss their plans.
What Can Divorce Mediation Help You Determine?
There are a few things divorce mediation can help you determine:
- Who will see the children and when
- When visits or custody begin and end
- Where the children will be exchanged
- Who will attend which events
- How conflict can be avoided in the future
- Holiday and vacation schedules
- Decision-making procedures for school and medical appointments
The decisions you make in mediation are often for the best interests of your child. When you use a mediator, you make these decisions with a clear mind and little interference.
Consult With a Divorce Mediation Professional
Divorce mediation can help you put together the parenting plan that works best for everybody involved. You don't have to worry about your spouse in the midst of the divorce, which can be freeing.
The good thing about mediation is that it is not contentious. In fact, it emphasizes the opposite. Contact a divorce mediation professional today to learn more about your options.