1. Parenting Plans
Parenting Plans are usually a significant part of a Separation / Divorce Agreement. Parenting Plans can be simple or complex, depending on the parents’ wishes, their emotional stability and maturity, and the personalities and needs of the children.
Typical paragraphs included in Parenting Plans:
- The parenting values both parents choose for their children
- Decision-making over healthcare, education, extraordinary activities / expenses and decisions regarding the religious upbringing of the children
- A parenting schedule, including living arrangements, is also included. Vacation schedules, religious holiday schedules, permissible travel, children’s activities and any other parenting decisions are included. It’s important to remember that children continue to change as they pass through one stage of development into the next. Consistency and flexibility are both IMPORTANT.
This is your chance to establish new family rules in your residence. It’s a “do-over”, in many ways. This is your opportunity to become optimistic about your new family’s future while respecting the values your ex and you have agreed to.
Remember, children only have one childhood. Make it count.