An agreed parenting plan can be one of the most helpful tools to successful co-parenting. The following article, by Certified Parent Coach Jennifer Wolf, highlights 30 points to consider when developing a parenting plan.
Planning to raise your child with your ex? Developing a written parenting plan will help to clarify your roles and expectations so you can avoid petty arguments and focus on what’s best for your children. The following tips will help you plan ahead so that nothing essential gets left out of your family’s written parenting plan.
A parenting plan is a formal, written document that outlines the commitments and agreements you’ve made with your ex regarding how you intend to raise your children.
While a parenting plan is not necessarily considered a legal document, some states require parents to file a parenting plan with the court as part of the child custody agreement. However, even if your state does not require divorcing parents to create a formal parenting plan, it is strongly recommended that you work with your ex to reach your own informal agreement regarding your roles and responsibilities. The benefit is that it forces you to consider many different scenarios and decide up front how you’re going to handle them. In general, if there’s anything you feel strongly about, put it in your parenting plan and ask your ex to agree to it.
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It is essential that you outline your agreed-upon living arrangements, as well as your commitments regarding visitations, holidays, and vacations. Here’s a list of the must-haves you’ll want to include:
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It’s impossible to plan for every possible contingency in your parenting plan. However, you should carefully consider whether any of the following items need to be included. Again, anything that you feel strongly about should be discussed:
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