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Set a parenting plan that reflects the current needs

The key to making your child custody situation work is to have a solid parenting plan, but you can't just use a generic one. Instead, the plan has to be based on what your children need so that they can thrive. You and your ex will work together to come up with this plan. As you are customizing it, make sure that you set terms that are in your child's best interests.

Each decision that you make has to be based on how it impacts your children. One of the primary things you will have to decide is how detailed you want the agreement. Some parents want everything spelled out in as much detail as possible, but others want a bit more flexibility. There isn't any one way that is best for all custody situations. Instead, you need to think about how well you and your ex can come to mutually agreeable terms.

If you and your ex are able to work together without a lot of drama, you might have a relaxed parenting plan. You can then just set terms for how you will handle decisions down the road. Having that standard in place takes the guesswork out of what will happen, which might reduce the stress.

There isn't a parenting plan that will work for the entirety of the kid's childhood unless your children are older when you divorce. With this in mind, you should be fully prepared to deal with changes in the plan. These might be temporary adjustments to meet a special need, but it can also come in the form of a permanent change. Having a parenting plan that makes this possible can benefit everyone.

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