When it comes to parenting plans for divorced parents, one of the more common plans after co-parenting is parallel parenting.
Parallel parenting, according to Healthline, is reserved for parents who may have a difficult time getting along.
Do not wait until the last minute to make decisions
When you outline a parallel parenting plan, make sure you make all of the important decisions in advance. You should have a start and end time for every visit, a location to drop your child off and a location to pick him or her up.
Have a plan for unforeseen circumstances
You have to learn how to plan for unplanned events. For example, if you have to cancel your visitation days, then you need to discuss ahead of time what will happen if either of you needs to cancel. You have to decide whether the parent who has to miss time with his or her child can make it up later.
Decide how to handle conflict
You cannot wait until you have a conflict to figure out how to handle it. The point of parallel parenting is to have as little conflict as possible. Unfortunately, if your relationship with your ex-spouse requires parallel parenting, you may also have a lot of tension between the two of you.
If a fight does occur or if you can see a fight brewing in the future, then you need to be able to handle it quickly and efficiently.
Whenever there is an issue with your parenting plan or a conflict between you and your former spouse, consider how beneficial a mediator or objective party could be.