One of the major decisions parents must make when they decide to end their marriages has to do with their children. After parents in Virginia divorce and child custody issues have been ironed out, who will be watching the children when they’re with the other parent? The answer seems likely: the former spouse, but that might not always be the case.
Will the children have a regular babysitter or a nanny? Will they be in the care of more than one caregiver or perhaps their grandparents or other relatives? Parents should discuss these issues before they could become problematic in the future. What is likely to help in these situations is having a parenting plan in place.
A parenting plan can speak to certain stipulations regarding child custody and child care. It can spell out how long children should and should not be in third-party care and who should and should not be caring for them. A parent can also ask for the right of first refusal in the parenting plan which means one parent has to ask the other if they would like to take the children if they cannot watch them.
It may be difficult to fashion a comprehensive parenting plan without help. Seeking advice from a Virginia lawyer experienced in family law and rules pertaining to child custody and visitation may help in writing a parenting plan that speaks to a family’s individual needs. Such a plan can help a parent to ensure the best interests of the children are at heart.