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Creating a child custody order with a difficult parent

Many divorced parents plan out some kind of co-parenting child custody agreement that works in their and their child’s best interests. Deciding what is in the best interest of a child can be difficult, but not impossible when a co-parent is willing to work with the other parent. 

With a co-parenting plan, each parent has some kind of obligation to and responsibility for their child. They’re also obligated to work together with their co-parent for their child’s well-being.

However, not every co-parent is willing to work with the other in a custody order – which may have been the leading cause of a divorce. When this happens, the well-being of a child may be jeopardized. Parents may need to consider agreeing on an alternative parenting plan. Here’s what you should know:

What is a parallel parenting plan?

When parents can’t agree on a custody order, they may consider making a parallel parenting plan. A parallel parenting plan works much like a co-parenting plan. 

In other words, parents are given responsibilities over their children. This may include, for example, when a parent cares for their child, where a child goes to school or what a child’s diet includes.

The main advantage of a parallel parenting plan is that parents would have limited communication and more control over their obligations to their children. This means that there may be fewer arguments between parents on how they should raise their children.

If you believe parallel parenting is right for you, you may need to reach out for legal help to put an effective parenting plan in place.