One of the biggest celebrity divorces of the last few years included a public disagreement about parenting rules. Specifically, the parents publicly fought over one of their children’s social media use. That embarrassing situation is something a good parenting plan can prevent.
Both children and adults spend so much time using technology that addressing mobile phones and social media is now a necessity in modern parenting plans. What are some of the issues parents should discuss and enforce uniformly after a divorce?
Set screen limitations
Too much technology exposure, especially from a young age, can have negative effects on someone’s social and emotional development. Divorcing parents will need to agree on how much time they want their kids to spend on screens.
They may want to restrict certain forms of technology, like social media or video games, more than others.
Decide who should pay
Mobile phones and cell services are not cheap. Parents need to decide how they can split those expenses when they divorce.
If one parent wants each of the children to have their own phone, for example, they may need to assume a significant portion of those costs in addition to whatever support they pay.
Parental social media use
Your parenting plan may also need to include limitations on what you and your ex do on social media, especially when it comes to your children. For example, you might decide that your children should not be in pictures that you share publicly online.
Adding all necessary terms to your parenting plan will make sharing custody easier.