Family Law – Parenting Plans
What is a Parenting Plan?
“A parenting plan is a tool to assist both parties with identifying decision making and parenting time in regards to the best interest of the children after a legal separation or divorce action is filed with the court. A Parenting Plan is also used for parties who have never married and file an allocation of parental responsibilities action with the court. Once the court determines a Parenting Plan is in the best interests of the children, the Parenting Plan will become an order of the court and enforceable as any other court order.
What’s included in the Parenting Plan?
The main areas within the Parenting Plan focus on decision-making responsibilities and parenting time. However, the Parenting Plan can also address issues of relocation of one parent, child support and payment of health/dental benefits, secondary education, tax exemption of the children and any other special issues that you would like to have within the court ordered Parenting Plan.
Parents must decide how much time the children will spend with each parent. The Parenting Plan should take into consideration the age of the children, degree of conflict between the parents, geographical distance between the parents’ homes, whether the schedules of other siblings will affect parenting time and other important factors.
Parents must decide the details of various schedules; weekdays and weekends during the school year, summer vacations and holidays.”
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