You had a hard time dealing with the decision to split with your current spouse, and now you need to figure out how you will work together to raise your kids in Massachusetts. This is all new territory to you.
With a bit of help from OurFamilyWizard®️, you can develop a better idea of what goes into a proper parenting plan. Take note of what you and your former spouse need to consider going forward.
Create a schedule
Work with the other parent to decide how much time your kids spend at your separate households. Not only do you need to consider your personal schedules, but you also need to think about your kids’ school schedules, extracurricular activities and the like. Also, decide how you will handle scheduling emergencies.
Cover child-related expenses
You already know the cost involved with raising kids, but you may have to handle that differently when you raise kids in two different households. Work with the other parent to create a shared budget, focusing on shared expenses and those you handle individually. You may or may not want to include child support payments with the budget. Also, consider using apps to pay each other back and keep exact track of payments for legal and tax purposes.
Consider special occasions
Something else to bear in mind with your plan is how you and your kids spend occasions like birthdays, holidays and other special events.
Think about the big picture
Are there certain religious or spiritual belief you wish to pass on to your kids? Are you and the other parent in agreement on this particular topic? Take the same approach with deciding on health care decisions and education.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.