What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is a written agreement that has all the information and details about the living arrangements for the child, along with decision making information.  Sometimes parenting plans have information about grandparents, other relatives and friends, as well as nanny information.

The parenting plan helps avoid future conflicts because the responsibilities for the children are clearly written, so there are no questions.  Without specific agreements around these responsibilities disputes can cause a couple to want to litigate to solve the dispute.  Therefore it is important that we think of all the areas that need to be agreed and documented, to eliminate any need for litigation in the future.

A Parenting Plan can contain the following information:

  • Parenting Time
  • Decision Making
  • Transportation and Exchanges
  • Annual Vacations and School Breaks
  • A Dispute Resolution Process
  • Schools Attended and Access to Records
  • Physical and Mental Health Care
  • Contact Information, Relocation and Foreign Travel
  • Social Activities and School functions
  • Overnights
  • Communications and Mutual Decision-Making
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Medical Insurance and Related Expenses
  • Contact with Relatives and Significant Others
  • Taxes and Wills
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