Parenting teenagers comes with many challenges, even for parents that are still married. After a divorce, these challenges often increase as both parents strive to remain active in their teens’ lives. In Florida, divorcing parents must submit a parenting plan, which you may know as a child custody agreement or plan.
If your kids are teenagers, it can be hard to create a fair plan that does not interfere with teen activities. You and your spouse want quality time with your kids, but adolescents usually have a life outside of the family unit. Most teenagers want to avoid disrupting their established social and extra-curricular routines.
Include these essentials to reduce conflict all around
With older children, the more detailed your plan, the less conflict you all will likely experience. The following parenting plan provisions can help everyone enjoy their time together without overly impacting their teens’ social lives.
- · Include details addressing holidays, birthdays and vacations in your custody schedules.
- · Plan out who is responsible for transporting your teen to and from school and other activities.
- · Include all accepted methods of communicating with one another about your adolescents.
- · Add details defining each parent’s financial responsibilities.
- · Outline the decisions each parent will make involving your teenagers (going to parties or other activities).
- · Include provisions for reviewing your parenting plan to accommodate your children’s lifestyles as they get older.
It is also wise to add provisions about how you and your co-parent will address any custody or visitation disputes that may arise. To continue making ideal choices for yourself and your maturing teen, consider learning more about Florida child custody and visitation laws.
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