Plans for parenting post separation vary according to the couple’s negotiation and agreement. In order for a parenting plan to be legally binding both parties would need to agree, sign and notarize the document.
A parenting plan can include shared parenting which means both parents living separately having their child(ren) reside in their home half of the calendar year. The year can be divided according to what is in the best interest of the child(ren).
For example, one parent may have the child(ren) half the week. One plan may be agreed that the child(ren) spend the entire week, Sunday to Saturday with mom, then next week with dad.
Another plan, if the parent lives a distance from the child(ren)’s home then the plan would be set up for only the holidays, school breaks and summer vacations.
To reiterate, parenting plans are based on the best interest of the child(ren) and if this remains so, the plan can feasibly be negotiated in a mediation session.
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