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What are the elements of a parenting plan?

If you are a parent who is in the process of getting a divorce, it is quite likely that your life seems very chaotic at this moment. And child custody may be one of your chief concerns. You may even be worried about how your divorce will impact the amount of time you will be able to spend with your children or when that time will be.

In order to firmly establish custody terms, all divorcing parents must create a parenting plan. The plan designates the responsibilities and rights of both parents and also lays out a schedule that, after being approved by the court, is legally binding.

The following are some the most common items addressed in a parenting plan:

  • Visitation schedules.
  • The place or places in which the child will reside.
  • How the child will be permitted to interact with family friends, grandparents, and other acquaintances.
  • Custody and visitation schedules for the child's vacations, birthdays, and major holidays.
  • The manner in which changes to the agreement or disputes will be addressed.
  • How the parents will make decisions regarding the child's well-being and upbringing.

The aforementioned items are only some of the things that will likely be a part of your parenting agreement. To get a fuller understanding of how to create a plan that best suits your and your family's needs, you may want to get in touch with a knowledgeable family law attorney. The attorney can recommend terms that are to everyone's benefit and can also help you negotiate those terms.

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