Parenting Plan

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Parenting Plan

A parenting plan is a document that details how separating or divorcing parents would like to raise the children. Parenting plans include information such as:

  • 1. How decision-making responsibility would be shared
  • 2. How parenting time will be allocated including during special occasions and holidays (Parenting schedule)
  • 3. Whether supervision of a party’s time is required
  • 4. Mechanisms for review and when that may be necessary (for example when a infant attains school age)
  • 5. Transportation of the children between homes and their various activities
  • 6. Location for pick up and drop offs
  • 7. Restrictions regarding where the children will live
  • 8. What school the children will attend
  • 9. What religion, if any they would be raised in
  • 10. How the parents would communicate with each other, for example, would it only be via a specific app, text, or email?
  • 11. How the parents would communicate with the children and how often.
  • 12. Right of first refusal to care for the child
  • 13. When new partners will be introduced to the children
  • 14. Notice and requirements if a vacation is planned with the children
  • 15. How passports, health cards and other documents will be stored
  • 16. Arrangements for the children’s belongings in the respective homes
  • 17. Contact with grandparents and extended family
  • 18. School events, field trips and volunteering at the children’s school
  • 19. Emergency contacts and persons authorized to pick the children up from school
  • 20. Provisions regarding therapy and counseling for the children
  • 21. Dispute resolution mechanisms

It is important to make your parenting plan as clear and detailed as possible to avoid conflict and our lawyers can help you draft a parenting plan that takes into consideration your child’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.

It is always preferable for parties to negotiate their own parenting plan as no judge understands your child and your family dynamic as well as you do.

Parents can agree on a fixed parenting schedule or can even agree to leave the parenting schedule open and flexible. Examples of fixed parenting schedules include the following:

Children residing primarily with one parent with the other parent having parenting time every other weekend

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Party A Party A Party A Party A Party A Party A Party A
Party A Party A Party A Party A Party B Party B Party B

Children residing primarily with one parent and the other parent having midweek and every other weekend parenting time.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Party A Party A Party B Party A Party A Party A Party A
Party A Party A Party B Party A Party B Party B Party B

Week on – week off schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Party A Party A Party A Party A Party A Party A Party A
Party B Party B Party B Party B Party B Party B Party B

2-2-5-5 schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Party A Party A Party B Party B Party A Party A Party A
Party A Party A Party B Party B Party B Party B Party B

2-2-3 schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Party A Party A Party B Party B Party A Party A Party A
Party B Party B Party A Party A Party B Party B Party B

Speak to our lawyers today and we can work with you to negotiate and draft a detailed parenting plan that focuses on the well being of your children.

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