Parenting Plans

Spending the time and energy creating a Parenting Plan is very important

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Separation can be a painful, challenging process

Spending the time and energy creating a Parenting Plan is very important. It will not only help to create a routine and schedule for you and your children after separation but be there as a reference if disputes arise in the future.

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Co-parenting Plan/Parenting Plan Template

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A Parenting Plan template is a helpful tool you can use to help you complete a plan on your own. However, many people find it helpful to work with a family mediator to create a co-parenting agreement. It may be difficult to communicate with your ex-spouse during a time of separation, especially when discussing such important matters. When having a neutral third party present, such as a family mediator, can make all the difference.

 

Below is a list of some of the questions that would be discussed in mediation or found in a Parenting Plan template. This list can assist parents to identify issues that must be considered when preparing a successful co-parenting plan:

  • Who is going to have custody and make important decisions about the child’s education, religion, and medical care?
  • Who will the child primarily live with? Or Is it a shared arrangement where the children reside at least 40% with both parents?
  • How will information about the child be shared amongst parents?
  • When will each parent have personal time with the child? What is the access plan?
  • How will the child be able to communicate with each parent, while with the other? Call, text, photos, and/or email?
  • Will the child have a cell-phone? At what age are they allowed to attain their own cell-phone?
  • At what age is the child allowed to create their own social media accounts?
  • How will future conflicts involving the child be resolved?
  • How will other parenting issues be addressed?
  • What will happen in the event that one parent wants to move out of the province or country?
  • What will happen in the event of a parent wanting to move in a future spouse?
  • What are the childcare or daycare arrangements?
  • What are the school arrangements? What is the drop off and pick up schedule?
  • Who will attend school trips with the child?
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  • Who will the child spend holidays and special events with? What is the holiday parenting schedule?
  • What are the extra-curricular activities that the child will be allowed to participate in? Who will take the child to these activities and who will pick up?
  • Who is allowed to change any pre-existing schedules?
  • What will be the primary expectations/rules for the child, regarding their phone, computer, homework, allowance, and etc?
  • How will the child be able to see grandparents and other extended family members?
  • How will the child travel and with who? Are there any vacation plans in place? What will they do during the summer break?
  • What will be the typical diet and nutrition of the child? For example, will the child be vegan, diary-free, vegetarian, and etc?
  • What are the babysitting guidelines? Who do we both feel comfortable leaving our child with?
  • What will my child’s social life look like as they get older? Who will take the child to future social events such as birthday parties and/or sleepovers?

 

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Parenting Plan Schedule Template for Kids

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Figuring out a schedule template for your kids and family can depend on a lot of factors. The realities of day-to-day life, of travel to and from work, working hours, overtime hours, extracurricular activities can make searching for the best possible schedule a challenging task.

There are many Parenting Plan examples such as; a 2-2-3 custody and visitation schedule, 2-2-5-5 custody and visitation schedule, alternating week schedules, and one night a week and every other weekend schedule.

A schedule template can be used as a starting point, as you may adjust it according to your individual family situation.

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The examples of parenting schedules as listed above may look like this if implemented:

  • 2-2-3 Schedule (with a change of custody occurring as a specified time)

 

Week 1

  • Monday and Tuesday with Mom
  • Wednesday and Thursday with Dad
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Mom

Week 2

  • Monday and Tuesday with Dad
  • Wednesday and Thursday with Mom
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Dad
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  • 2-2-3 Schedule (with a change of custody occurring as a specified time)

 

Week 1

  • Monday and Tuesday with Mom
  • Wednesday and Thursday with Dad
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Mom

Week 2

  • Monday and Tuesday with Mom
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday with Dad

 

  • Alternating Week Schedule (with a change of custody occurring as a specified time)

 

Week 1

  • Monday to Sunday with Mom

Week 2

  • Monday to Sunday with Dad

 

  • Primary residency with a visitation during the week and alternate weekends (with a change of custody occurring as a specified time)

 

Week 1

  • Monday to Friday with Dad
  • Wednesday evening visit from Mom
  • Saturday and Sunday with Mom

Week 2

  • Monday and Friday with Dad
  • Wednesday evening visit from Mom
  • Saturday and Sunday with Dad
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Parallel Parenting Plans

Save Time & Avoid Costs

In a joint custody arrangement, parents make decisions together on major matters such as; religion, health, extracurricular activities, and education.

In a Parallel Parenting Plan, instead of both parents having to agree on the major matters listed above, each parent resumes full responsibility on different major decisions. As an example, Mom may have decision making responsibility over education and health matters, while Dad may have decision making responsibility over religious matters and extracurricular activities.

When parents have difficulty communicating but are still able and willing to jointly participate in their children’s lives, a parallel Parenting Plan may make the most sense and creates less opportunity for conflict to arise. The theory around a parallel Parenting Plan allows parents to have individual space from one another, limits communication, and gradually builds trust, while putting aside past hostilities.

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