During a divorce, the care of a child should be a high priority. The dynamic change that comes with a divorce can be overwhelming if the parents do not pursue measures to create stability for the child.

Though it requires work, it is important to create a normal, loving environment for the child, who is involuntarily involved in the process. There are a few things to keep in mind that can help decrease the overall impact of a divorce on a child.

Parenting plan

As the name indicates, a parenting plan lays out a course of action for effectively parenting a child in the separate households. An effective parenting plan covers various aspects concerning the child and parent interactions. Some common sections of a proper plan include:

  • Custody
  • Decision-making
  • Medical care
  • Problem resolution methods

The California courts provide detailed information about creating and instituting proper parenting plans. Those looking to create one for their son or daughter must abide by the stipulations for the courts to validate it.

Work together

Outside of the plan, it is important parents work together for the well-being of the child. Though a parenting plan lays out the blueprint, it is up to mom and dad to work together and execute the plan efficiently. Also, as the child grows, some parts of the plan may need modifications. It is important that both parties are aware of this and remain open to renegotiation.

Proper issue resolution

Even the best plan may not provide a course of action for every situation that occurs. Parents should have a plan in place for how they will address miscellaneous issues and ensure the process does not involve the children. Placing the child in the middle of parental issues can be hurtful to the child and the relationship with one or more parents.

These are just a few tips to decrease the impact of a divorce on a child. At the end of the day, the most important aspect is for parents to operate in the best interest of their children.