What are co-parenting and parallel parenting plans?

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2022 | Child custody

In a divorce where children are involved, parents usually come to some kind of co-parenting custody agreement. Parents will, typically, work together to decide what’s best for their child including where they’re schooled, what their diet includes and if they perform any religious activities. Additionally, parents will work out a schedule so each parent can spend time with their children, which may work around schooling and work. 

Some co-parenting plans don’t work out, however. A divorce may have been caused by constant arguments, negligence and abuse which can continue through a child custody order. When this happens, parents may need to consider if they’re going to continue a co-parenting plan or negotiate for a parallel parenting plan. There’s more you should know:

Parenting without conflicts

A parallel parenting plan works much like a co-parenting plan. Both plans give parents responsibilities and obligations to keep the best interest of their children in mind. The difference, however, is that a co-parenting plan has both parents working together and a parallel parenting plan works to reduce difficulties between parents.

Parents who negotiate a parallel parenting plan have a significant role in their child’s lives but limit interaction with the other parent. In other words, many minor decisions are made by the parent who actively has their child and bigger decisions are made with limited contact between parents. Parents may make bigger decisions through text or email – whatever works to limit face-to-face communication. 

If you believe a parallel parenting plan works for you, then you may need to know your legal options