In a Texas divorce, spouses will have to navigate a seemingly endless number of issues. However, the most emotionally taxing problems frequently involve custody and visitation. This can be the catalyst for acrimony. There are certain factors to remember with parenting plans.

The best interests of the children are paramount with any parenting plan. Effectively addressing these issues is vital. The plan should involve the parties being on the same page with decisions and communicating about them. This is true even if the exes have a contentious relationship from the divorce. It is important to record the specific days when the child will live with each parent. That includes holidays, summers off from school, vacations and more. The custody exchange should be well-organized as to where and when it takes place for the child’s safety and the parents’ scheduling.

At least one parent will have legal custody. That means he or she will make the decisions regarding the child’s schooling, health care and extracurricular activities. Child support is often needed to provide the child with necessities like a place to live, clothes and food. The amount and duration should be clear and detailed in the agreement. Maintaining a relationship with relatives and others who are critical in the child’s life is another fundamental part of a parenting plan.

Some parents need to relocate. That can sow discord as the custodial parent moving with the child could cause serious visitation issues for the noncustodial parent. If the noncustodial parent moves away, this may result in travel concerns. That’s why co-parents should consider setting up a dispute-resolution process. When dealing with a child custody and parenting plan in a divorce, legal advice might be essential. A lawyer could help separated parents find common ground.