Creating a Parenting Plan for Your Children After Separation or Divorce
A Parenting Plan is a written agreement between separated parents that may be contained in a court’s Order or a consent Agreement, that describes the roles and responsibilities that will be assumed by separated or divorced parents as they raise their children. The Parenting Plan contains a schedule and common parenting guidelines to be followed by parents. This promotes uniformity of parenting and removes many areas of disagreement that can arise along the way.
A Parenting Plan is a living document meaning that it changes with the needs of the parents and the children over time. Some parents re-visit their parenting plan annually before school starts, for example, to establish activities, appointments, vacations, and other responsibilities that they will share in the school year.
This service will focus on how children are negatively impacted by the post-separation conflict between parents and the tools that parents can use to reduce conflict. Participants will learn about the amendments to the Divorce Act relating to parenting arrangements, including the new duty on parents to protect their children from conflict.
To be eligible for this service, parent participants require a mutual agreement to attend mediation to develop a parenting plan. The parent participants will be screened for factors such as a history of “family violence” within the broad definition contained in the BC Family Law Act and in the new Divorce Act.
In sessions to develop a comprehensive Parenting Plan, parents will learn about and plan for:
Who May be Interested in this Service?
This service is appropriate for parents with children under age 18 and considering separation as well as for parents who are already separated or divorced.
The service will be of interest to parents who wish to create an initial Parenting Plan and for parents who wish to change an existing Parenting Plan as a result of changes in their own or their child’s circumstances.
It will be of particular interest to:
Parents may attend the service separately or together.
Parents will learn about:
Parents will learn practical listening, communication, emotional regulation, and mindfulness skills that they can use daily to navigate their new relationship as separated parents.