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How can you write an effective and fair co-parenting plan?

While divorce is never an easy circumstance to navigate, if you and your ex have had children together, your situation may create an even more difficult process in Illinois. Now you are faced with the reality of having to continue to raise your children while living apart and leading separate lives. If you and your ex are pursuing a co-parenting agreement, you may be wondering where to begin. Fortunately, there are ways that you can articulate an arrangement that is both legally effective and personally beneficial. 

According to Psychology Today, despite the differences in formatting and layout of various co-parenting plans, your agreement should include some general clauses that will serve to protect you and your children, and enable your ability to continue to maintain a healthy bond and relationship with your children. Some of the parts you should be aware of include the following:

  • A breakdown of parental responsibilities and who will be in charge of what or under what circumstances responsibilities will be shared. 
  • A time period that the agreement will be in effect, as well as what route will be taken if you should ever desire to modify the arrangement. 
  • Specifics regarding the time your children will spend with you and your ex including holidays and overnight stays. 
  • A general statement that references your parental obligations and your agreement to uphold the best interests of your children at all times. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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