What to Include in Parenting Plans

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Parenting Plans

No matter how much you want sole custody, most states will not grant the order unless the other parent can be proved unfit or dangerous to the child. Keep that in mind when dealing with court proceedings, remember not to assume you don't need a parenting plan. Just because you agree on things now doesn't mean you will always agree, and it will help to have something to fall back on. Check the agreement with a fine-tooth comb and try to visualize how the allotted times will affect both you and your child before signing.

With such high divorce and single-parent rates, the term “parenting plan” is becoming commonplace. Technically, a parenting plan is a document from a court that details legal and physical custody of a child and allotted schedules, among other things.

Parents can also develop these plans without the help of a court, but the chances for future disagreements regarding the details it involves are high, even if the relationship ended amicably. Parenting plans don't have to be set up in a particular way, but the majority of them do cover most, if not all, of the items that are listed below.

In any case, it is important to have some type of agreement regarding the children so that all parties know what to expect, so a legal document is better to have to fall back on should a conflict arise. Having the law there to back you up will be of great benefit to you and your children. 

MORE: The Impact of Divorce on Young Children }

General Parenting Plan Details

  • Legal and physical custody
  • Visitation schedule for weekdays, weekends, holidays, and vacations
  • Travel and relocation details
  • Notification of illness and access to important records
  • Child support: amounts, payment dates, and expiration
  • Education, dental and health insurance expenses
  • Tax filing situations

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