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Parent Plan

This outline serves as a general guide for a parenting plan and should be tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of each family. It is advisable to consult with a family law attorney to ensure the parenting plan adheres to relevant laws and reflects the best interests of the child.

Mother and daughter spending time together from a parent plan outline.

Parenting Plan Outline

Custody and Parenting Time:

  • Designation of legal custody (shared or sole) and explanation of decision-making responsibilities

  • Allocation of parenting time and visitation schedule

  • Consideration of holidays, vacations, and special occasions

Communication and Co-Parenting:

  • Guidelines for open and respectful communication between parents

  • Agreement on preferred communication methods (phone, email, text, etc.)

  • Provision for regular updates and information sharing about the child's well-being

Education and Extracurricular Activities:

  • Decision-making regarding the child's education, including school selection, enrollment, and participation

  • Agreement on involvement in extracurricular activities and related costs

  • Coordination of parent participation in school events, parent-teacher conferences, and academic progress updates

Healthcare and Medical Decisions:

  • Determination of health insurance coverage for the child

  • Identification of primary healthcare provider and decision-making authority for medical treatment

  • Provisions for sharing medical information and emergency situations

Child Support:

  • Establishment of child support obligations, including calculation methods

  • Specification of payment schedule and methods

  • Provision for potential modifications based on changing circumstances

Transportation and Travel:

  • Arrangements for transportation of the child between parents' residences

  • Guidelines for out-of-state or international travel with the child, including notice requirements and consent procedures

  • Consideration of transportation costs and responsibilities

Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution:

  • Agreement on methods for resolving disputes or disagreements

  • Provision for mediation or alternative dispute resolution before resorting to legal action

  • Recognition of the importance of maintaining a child-centered approach and minimizing conflicts


  • Guidelines for parental relocation, including notice requirements and potential modifications to the parenting plan

  • Consideration of the impact of relocation on parenting time and visitation


Grandparent and Extended Family Access:

  • Recognition of the importance of maintaining relationships with extended family members, including grandparents

  • Guidelines for visitation and communication with extended family members

Modification and Review:

  • Provision for periodic review and potential modification of the parenting plan based on the child's changing needs and circumstances

  • Explanation of the legal process for modifying the parenting plan


  • Signature section for both parents, acknowledging their agreement to the terms outlined in the parenting plan

  • Final remarks emphasizing the commitment to co-parenting and promoting the child's well-being

Our experienced team understands the importance of creating a parenting arrangement that prioritizes the best interests of your child(ren) while promoting effective co-parenting. Whether you're seeking guidance on legal custody, visitation schedules, decision-making, or any other aspect of a Parent Plan, we've got you covered. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation and obtain the expert advice you need to create a solid Parent Plan that lays the foundation for a positive co-parenting experience. Your child(ren) deserve the best, and we're here to help you achieve it.

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