The majority of divorces involve at least some disagreements. What’s important is how these disagreements are settled. When both parents are willing to cooperate and compromise, disputes can often be resolved amicably.
For parents, the most important aspect to settle is usually child custody. If parents can’t agree on how (or if) custody will be shared, then the court will step in and determine a custody schedule that is in the best interests of the child. A parenting plan that details how your child is to be raised in addition to the custody or visitation schedule is part of that custody agreement.
But what if your co-parent is ignoring the parenting plan?
Go over the plan again
It can take a while to adjust to post-divorce parenting, especially in the beginning. Your co-parent might have mixed up dates and times accidentally while trying to adapt. Try to establish whether an honest mistake has been made, and seek clarification on this issue. When no malice is involved, you and your co-parent should be able to sort it out fairly easily through effective communication.
Can you meditate?
Sometimes, it’s worth trying to resolve a custody issue outside of court. Mediation has become increasingly popular in recent years because it focuses on resolutions rather than disagreements. A neutral third party could help you and your co-parent get back on the right track with the parenting plan.
You have legal options
As long as you are sticking to your end of the bargain, then you shouldn’t have much to worry about. Make sure you note the dates and times that your co-parent has failed to abide by the plan because the court will want to see this. They will be able to come to a ruling that works for your children — even adjusting custody rights if necessary.
Whatever you opt to do, always remember that you have legal rights as a parent. Seeking guidance from someone who has knowledge of family law can help you obtain a more favorable outcome in your case.