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What Do I Need to Know About Creating a Parenting Plan?

Unfortunately, it is common for spouses with children to get divorced. When this happens, arrangements need to be made in order to accommodate the needs of the child. This includes a variety of legal matters in addition to the creation of a parenting plan. When making a parenting plan with an ex-spouse, it is important to be aware of what you need to do in order for it to work. The following is information to consider during this time:

What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan essentially outlines how two divorced parents plan to raise their children. It is one of the most important documents that is created during a divorce for parents. This outlines the parents’ goals and values as parents in addition to the parenting schedule, ground rules, and behaviors that are to be used in raising the children. This can be used by the court to enforce certain rules in the event that one parent is not following the guidelines. 

What Should be Included in the Plan?

When creating a parenting plan, it is important to know what should be included. This ensures that you write the best plan possible to suit your family’s needs. The following are good details to include in a parenting plan:

  • Custody and decision making designations. This includes what types of custody are awarded to each parent and how decisions will be made regarding healthcare, religion, education, and more.
  • Parenting schedules. This outlines which parent has the kids on certain days, including holidays and vacations.
  • Dispute resolution process in the event that the parents disagree.
  • Right of first refusal. This statement gives this right in the event that either parent needs to miss parenting time with their kids. 
  • Information provisions. This includes a list of information the parents need about their children and how the information will be exchanged. This includes medical records, school records, etc. It can also include information about each spouse such as their address, employment, and cell phone number.
  • Location requirements. This is necessary in the event that one parent wishes to move away with their child. The requirements can outline what to do in these situations.
  • Parenting rules and a morality clause. Being a single parent can be tough to navigate, which is why it is important to set guidelines for what is acceptable behavior.
  • Codes of parenting conduct. This can include how to talk to the children about each other as well as topics you agree not to discuss with the children in general. 
  • Review provisions. As life changes, not all parenting plans can last forever. This is why it is important to include how the plan can be reviewed and modified if necessary.

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