If you're raising your child as a single co-parent and sharing the parenting responsibilities with the mother or father of your child, you may not always see eye-to-eye with the other parent. In some cases, a parental disagreement like this could blow up into a dispute that ends up in court. However, if you establish some rules of procedure for resolving disputes within your parenting plan, you may be able to prevent a costly court battle.
Here are three important things that you can include in your parenting plan that will help prevent a serious legal dispute later down the road:
- When the parents cannot come to an agreement or decision on a point of discussion, the parents will seek out professional assistance. This professional assistance may be from a family counselor, a mediator or an arbitrator.
- If dispute resolution is necessary, the parents agree that Parent A will pay 50 percent and parent B will pay 50 percent of those costs.
- If either parent wishes to begin a dispute-resolution process regarding a point of disagreement, he or she must inform the other parent via a written notice or certified mail.
There's no way for parents to prevent the risk of disagreements about how they want to raise their children. However, parents can do a lot to minimize the chances of a dispute and minimize the severity of the dispute should a disagreement ever arise. This can be achieved through a well-thought-out parenting plan that honors the wishes and goals of both parents and complies with state family and child custody law.