What Does a Parenting Plan Include?

March 27, 2024 | By Doppelt and Forney
What Does a Parenting Plan Include?

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Divorce is difficult, but divorce can be even more difficult when there are minor children involved. In divorce, the couple should always consider what is in the best interest of the child.

A parenting plan should address all the important issues relating to the parenting of your child through the divorce. An experienced divorce attorney, like the attorneys at Doppelt and Forney, APLC, are well-versed in drafting parenting plans that include all the necessary items.

Even if a couple is amicable, a parenting plan needs to be in place, in case of emergency. It is also always important to have things in writing.

For a couple who cannot agree on decisions regarding their children, a divorce lawyer is especially important. A divorce lawyer can negotiate with the opposing party and help craft a parenting plan that both parties can agree on.

Generally, a parenting plan addresses legal custody issues as well as physical custody issues. Physical custody relates to where the children live, and how they spend their time. Legal custody issues relate to who makes important decisions regarding topics like education, religion, and medical care.

The following are issues that may need to be addressed in your parenting plan:
-Schedules with both parents, including weekends.
-Overnight stays
-Discipline methods
-Child care
-Internet/Cell phone access
-Guidelines to dating new partners
-School break schedules
-Communication methods
-Health decisions
-and more.

A parenting plan is not only meant to help the parents, but help the children understand what to expect. Keep in mind, all children have different needs, so there is no one-size-fit-all parenting plan. You should adjust your parenting plan to ensure it fits the needs of your children.

Your parenting plan will become a court order once it is signed by both parents and the Judge, and filed with the Court.

Call Doppelt and Forney, APLC for a free consultation at 800-769-4748 for assistance with your divorce, legal separation or paternity case. We represent clients in family law court in all the court houses in San Diego County including downtown, Vista, Chula Vista and El Cajon. We proudly serve clients in San Diego and surrounding communities, including Chula Vista, Coronado, Carlsbad, Encinitas, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, San Marcos, and Vista.