When separation or divorce happens and children are involved, the first thing that should be done is making a parenting plan. You may need to make a temporary plan if a long and heated custody battle is coming. Even if custody hearings are short and less stressful, a temporary parenting plan may need to be made before a permanent one is created. A temporary plan should consist of as much detail as you can but needs just the basics to get you by until a permanent plan can be made. What are the basics of a temporary parenting plan?
Parenting time schedule – How much time each parent spends with the children
Children’s schedules – What activities the children have
Emergency information – Any information pertaining to emergencies
These are obviously the bare bones of a temporary plan, but having these can make all the difference in your permanent plan. When you get to the point when it is time to make a permanent parenting plan, you may find it difficult to make one from scratch, on your own. Because making your own plan can be daunting, example parenting plans can be used to help you make an effective plan. What makes a good example of a parenting plan? you could look here
Determination of custody: Both types of custody – legal and physical – should be outlined. Legal custody refers to the responsibility of parents to make decisions for the children. Physical custody refers to actual physical time or physical care of the children. Both custody types are split two separate ways: solely or jointly. This should also be outlined.
Dental and medical care: The children’s medical and dental care should be detailed. Information such as insurance coverage, who pays for coverage and who pays for out-of-pocket expenses and deductibles should be noted. It should also be outlined which parent is responsible for transporting the children to appointments.
The children’s education: Information about where your children attend school, how school-related expenses are paid and how future schooling such as college will be funded should be included in a parenting plan.
Finances: A plan should have a section about child support, which parent is responsible for which expenses and any information about general child-raising expenses. Having a financial plan outside of what child support pays is a good idea.
Parental communication: Parents need to communicate about their children. Having a plan for how contact will be made, what types of things are to be discussed and when contact will be made is important. Having a journal of the children’s activities and behaviors is also a good idea to transfer between parents when exchanges are made.
Making changes and resolving disputes: Information about how changes will be made to the parenting plan should be included in the plan. How parents resolve disagreements and previous disagreements that have been resolved should also be part of the plan.
Plan provisions: Additional provisions to the plan should be included. These provisions may be whether parents can smoke or drink around the children or right of first refusal.