What is a Parenting Plan?

A Parenting Plan is a document created by parents.  It defines parenting access, designates decision-making responsibilities and provides for a method of dispute resolution.  It may also include other issues regarding the children.  A Parenting Time plan is also included that will include the weekday, weekend, holiday, summer and non-school day schedule.

A parenting plan is jointly created by parents for the benefit of their child(ren). The parenting plan is based upon joint recognition that each parent will be parenting their child(ren) for the rest of our lives and that it is in the best interests of the child(ren)’s psychological, emotional and physical well-being that both parents continue to share parenting responsibilities and privileges.

The purpose of this parenting plan is to give the child(ren) the best possible upbringing; and assist them to become happy and healthy adults; minimize the consequences to the child(ren) of the parents’ divorce; and honor and support the child(ren)’s relationship with each parent; allow each parent to bring his or her particular parenting skills and/or interests to the parenting of the child(ren); and assure that all parenting decisions and actions are in the best interests of the child(ren).


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