As you move through the divorce process, you will be faced with challenges and concerns every step of the way. While you have to do what is best for yourself, you also need to take into consideration the well being of your child or children.
Divorcing parents need to answer a variety of questions, including the following:
-- Where will the child live after the divorce is finalized?
-- How much time will each parent be able to spend with the child?
-- What is the best process for making decisions in regards to raising the child?
-- What role will each parent play in the raising of the child?
-- Who will be responsible for important decisions as the child grows?
While some couples are able to mutually agree on a parenting plan, others find that this is not as simple. For this reason, they have no choice but to go to court. With a parenting agreement in place, there is no gray area in the future in regards to who is responsible for what.
Of course, agreeing on a parenting plan is easier said than done. The reason for this is simple: Both parents may not see eye to eye.
The nice thing about a formal agreement is that both parents will know what is expected of them. Furthermore, if either party does not follow the agreement, the other parent has the ability to file a case for enforcement.
As a divorcing parent, you need to answer any and all questions pertaining to your child and how he or she will be raised.
Source: Community Legal Education Ontario, "Separation and Divorce: Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans," accessed April 05, 2016