If you're going through a divorce, then you know how much your life is changing; you don't need anyone else telling you about it. At the same time, though, you also need resources to help you navigate those changes, and that is why it is important to learn what is out there to find ways to acclimate to your new lifestyle. That means knowing which costs and financial hurdles will be included in your child support calculation. It also means understanding how to go about budgeting for the resources that are not in that calculation, and it means finding a way to co-parent effectively with your ex so that your time with your children is fairly distributed. That is where a parenting plan comes in.