A parenting plan is an agreement between both parents that outlines how they will raise their children after separation and divorce. A parenting plan will define the responsibility of both parents and highlight how parenting time is shared between them. A detailed and comprehensive parenting plan can help families adjust to the changes after separation/divorce. The needs of all members of the family, especially the children will be considered through the process of creating the plan. Joanna Seidel can assist parents create a parenting plan that reflects the best interest of the family and children.
What should be included in a parenting plan?
Anything the parents need to agree on about the children
A schedule that outlines how parents divide the day-to-day care of the children and residential arrangements (there are many different schedules of how parents can divide and spend time with their children)
How major decision-making responsibilities will be allocated (education, medical and health care, and religious upbringing)
How both parents will continue to be involved in the children’s activities (school, sports, and other interests)
How children spend their holidays, vacation time, and special occasions
How the agreement can get modified when necessary to adjust to the changing needs of the children or the parents
A successful parenting plan must include enough detail to ensure children will not experience ongoing arguments and conflicts between their parents about the arrangements. Well-documented parenting plans can create a stable, consistent and predictable arrangement for the children after separation.