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STATE OF

COUNTY OF


PARENTING PLAN


  1. Parents. This Parenting Plan is for the children of:


    Parent:



    ,


    Parent:



    ,


  2. Children. The minor children of this marriage (or relationship) are as follows:


    Name       Sex       Date of Birth



  3. Child Custody and Visitation.


    1. Legal Custody. Legal custody for the purpose of this agreement refers to the authority to make major decisions regarding minor children of the marriage, which can include but is not limited to health care, religion, and education. The parties agree to maintain joint legal custody of their minor children.


    2. Physical Custody. Physical custody for the purpose of this agreement refers to the authority to make routine and day-to-day decisions regarding the children and where the children's primary residence will be. The parties agree to maintain joint physical custody of the minor children.


      The joint custody arrangement will have the following schedule:




    3. Holiday/Extended Visitation. The parents agree to divide holiday visitation as follows:


      1. will have the minor children for the following holidays during even numbered years with the parents alternating these holidays every other year.


        New Year's Eve

        Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presidents Day

        Easter Weekend Father's Day Independence Day Columbus Day

        Thanksgiving Holiday Break Hanukkah

        Christmas Eve


      2. will have the minor children for the following holidays during odd numbered years with the parents alternating these holidays every other year.


        New Year's Day Spring Break Week Mother's Day Memorial Day Labor Day Veterans Day

        Winter Holiday Break Christmas Day


      3. Birthdays. Each parent will be entitled to visitation with the minor children every year on his or her birthday.


        Holiday, summer and extended visitation defined herein have precedence over regular parenting time/visitation. Any missed visitation due to holiday or extended visitation will not be made up at a later date. The parents will use thoughtful consideration when exercising and scheduling visitation so that the children's education is not interfered with or hampered in any way.


  4. Transportation. The parties agree to equally divide the cost of transportation for all visitation.


  5. Exchange Point. The exchange point for the children shall be .


  6. Notification. The parents agree that neither party will change the residence of the minor children of the parties without adequate prior written notification. The parties further agree that this visitation and custody agreement will be reassessed if either party relocates and the new residence makes the current agreement unfeasible to manage. The parties agree to provide one another with their current phone number and physical address.


  7. Childcare. The parties agree to allow one another the first opportunity to have the children if he or she is unable to care for the children during their scheduled time. The parties agree to work together to make decisions regarding childcare providers.


  8. Health Insurance.

  9. Non-Covered Medical. The parties agree that each party shall be responsible for 50% of any non-covered or co-pay expenses related to medical, dental, optometric, orthodontic, physical therapy, psychiatric or pharmaceutical needs of the minor children. A parent shall provide the other with a statement and receipts documenting any payments made and the other parent shall reimburse the paying parent within 30 days of receipt of this statement.


  10. Taxes Related to Children.


  11. Child Support. The parties have agreed to child support in the amount of $0.00 per month which is based on .


    Child support payments will commence the 1st day of the month following the entry of the decree. Child Support payment must be paid by the 1st day of the month directly to the custodial parent.


  12. College. If the children will be sent to college, trade, or technical school or its equivalent, Both parents will share expenses for college tuition, room and board, and books.


  13. Information Sharing. Unless there is a court order stating otherwise:


    1. Both parents are entitled to important information regarding the children including but not limited to, the children's current address and telephone number, education, medical, governmental agency, psychological and law enforcement records.


    2. Information about the children's progress in school and any school activity is equally available to both parents. Both parents are encouraged to consult with school staff concerning the children's welfare and education.


    3. Both parents will immediately notify each other regarding any emergency circumstances or substantial changes in the health of the children.


    4. Both parents will provide each other with contact numbers and addresses and will notify each other of any change in that information within 72 hours of such a change. If either parent takes the children from their usual place of residence, they will provide the other parent with an emergency contact phone number.


  14. Parent-Child Communication. Both parents and children shall have the right to communicate by telephone, in writing or by e-mail during reasonable hours without interference or monitoring by the other parent.


  15. Disputes. Whenever possible, when disputes arise between the parents, the parents shall discuss the issues and attempt to reach an agreement based on what is best for the children at that particular time. If the parents are unable to reach an agreement on an important issue about our

    children after having discussed it with each other, either parent may initiate dispute resolution by:


    1. Arranging for the parents to meet with a counselor to discuss and try and reach agreement

    2. Arranging for the parents to meet with a trained mediator to try and reach an agreement


[SIGNATURE PAGE TO FOLLOW]

Signatures


We knowingly and voluntarily agree on the terms of this Parenting Plan. Each of us affirms that the information we have provided in this Plan is true and correct.


Dated:      

, Parent


,



STATE OF , ss: COUNTY OF , ss:


Notary Public


Title (and Rank)


My commission expires

Dated:      

, Parent


,



STATE OF , ss: COUNTY OF , ss:


Notary Public


Title (and Rank)


My commission expires

Making a Parenting Plan

  • What is a Parenting Plan?

    Making a comprehensive Parenting Plan is one the best things you can do for your children. Even if your state doesn't require it as part of divorce proceedings, it can be a good idea for any co-parenting couple. Many conflicts can potentially be avoided between parents who do not live together if important decisions such as visitation, medical care, daily care, schooling and financial contributions are agreed upon together.

  • How do you create a Parenting Plan?

    Rocket lawyer offers this free Parenting Plan template, which you can use if:

    • You are getting a divorce and your state requires you to submit a Parenting Plan.
    • You are getting a divorce or separation and want to make a Parenting Plan for your own needs.
    • You need to make a co-parenting agreement with someone who is not a spouse.

    A Parenting Plan should, at a minimum, clearly detail custody, visitation schedules, and financial obligations. However, the strongest Parenting Plans address other important topics such as medical rights, religion, vacations, transportation, education and extracurricular activities. Essentially, you are creating a document that will serve as a map and guide for co-parenting your children until they reach the age of 18.

    Legal resources for a Parenting Plan: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)

  • What is the difference between a Parenting Plan and a parenting order?

    A Parenting Plan is an agreement between parents outlining how they wish to co-parent. A parenting order is an order made by the court. Parenting orders carry the force of law, and if they are not followed, they can carry legal consequences.

  • What happens when a parent breaks a parenting plan?

    When a parent breaks a parenting plan, it should be brought to the court's attention. When a parent breaks a parenting order, you have various options available in order to enforce the order, depending on the circumstances. For example, you can contact your local police department. You can also contact your local District Attorney. Filing an action for contempt with the court is another legal tool available to enforce the parenting order.

  • What is the best schedule for 50-50 custody?

    The best schedule is what works best for the parents and the children. Common arrangements include alternating one week or two weeks, or alternating three to four days at a time with one parent and the other. It is important that your Parenting Plan include guidelines for special occasions, such as the child's birthday, the parent's birthday, Mother's Day or Father's Day, and other major holidays. One common solution is to alternate odd and even years for each of these days.

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