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What to include in a co-parenting plan

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Child Custody |

A co-parenting plan is one of the most essential elements in ensuring a child’s well-being and proper care after a separation or divorce.

This plan is a legal document that will serve as a roadmap to guide you through the challenges of raising children across two households. Creating this plan requires mutual respect and a clear understanding of parental responsibilities and rights.

The process can be complicated and vary from case to case. Here is a list of key elements you should consider including in your co-parenting plan.

Custody and living arrangements

A co-parenting plan defines the custody of the child and must clearly state how custody will be shared.

Your co-parenting plan covers significant decisions about your child’s life, such as education, healthcare, and extracurricular activities. Your plan also specifies your child’s primary residence and visitation schedule.

Parenting time and visitation rights

While co-parenting, including a detailed schedule in your parenting plan is vital to maintaining clarity and stability for you, your child, and your former spouse.

This section may include a detailed schedule of pick-up and drop-off times, plans for the holidays, school breaks, and special occasions. Flexibility is vital in raising a child, but a clear plan can help prevent conflicts.

Child support

A co-parenting plan must clearly outline terms regarding child support to ensure that both parents contribute financially to the child’s upbringing.

This agreement must specify who will be responsible for the various expenses needed to raise your child, such as food, clothing, education, and healthcare. It will also dictate the amount of child support to be paid and the frequency of the payments.

By creating a comprehensive co-parenting agreement, you can help ensure your child’s best interests are a priority during the divorce process. With patience and effective communication between the parties involved, you can ensure that you foster a positive environment for your child during and after your divorce.