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What you should know about non-conventional parenting plans

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2021 | Child Support |

If you’re going through a high-conflict separation or divorce, it may be virtually impossible to agree on a conventional co-parenting plan. This is why some divorced couples used parallel parenting as a solution. No matter how amicable exes may be, divorce is never an easy process. When children are involved, parents could become too emotionally charged to have reasonable conversations. Parallel parenting can help reduce disagreements among divorced Pennsylvania couples and ensure that children are properly cared for.

What is parallel parenting?

Many people, despite their desire to do so, can not completely erase their ex-spouses from their lives if they have children together. Both parents have to work together for the best interest of the children. Most child custody agreements require parents to form a united front when it comes to making decisions on behalf of their children. In a parallel parenting plan, each parent will decide individually how to manage their daily parenting when spending time with their children. For decisions that require the input of both parents, such as education or medical care, the decisions are granted to parents using a domain-based system. In other words, one parent will be in charge of handling the child’s medical needs while the other takes care of the child’s education.

Benefits of parallel parenting

Parallel parenting can protect children from seeing their parents arguing with one another while still spending quality time with both parents. Parenting experts assert that when children are exposed to parental conflict, they are harmed emotionally and mentally. As one method of child custody and visitation, parallel parenting can minimize disagreements without forcing parents to interact with each other more than necessary.