What does a parenting plan do?

A divorce is not something that couples truly believe will happen, and so when it does, the fallout may feel unbearable. When you have children in common, the emotional turmoil is higher for everyone in the household.

Divorce with children may result in fighting over what the court deems is the best for the kids. When it comes to negotiations with the other parent, you want to have a handle on the kind of post-divorce relationship you have with your kids. A parenting plan is a crucial requirement in Pennsylvania family law courts. Find out what the document does so you and your spouse can build a suitable one for your children.

The master schedule

The main function of a parenting plan is to get parents on the same page when it comes to where the children will reside and when. Parents agree on how many days per week each will have physical custody of the children. The schedule then repeats. Schedule deviations regarding holidays and special events such as birthdays also go into the parenting plan.

All mutual agreements

The parenting plan also contains agreements between the parents on bedtimes, education, extracurriculars, healthcare and other items the court or the parents want to include. One section of the parenting plan should address how the parents agree to handle changes to the plan, whether temporary or otherwise.

A parenting plan helps parents and children regain some normalcy after a separation. Crafting one that puts the children first may help in getting them through the process.

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