Items That Should Be Included in Every Parenting Plan
Visitation/shared parenting schedules:
- Use a regular calendar and a school calendar to plan for school breaks, holidays and summer vacations.
- Define when holidays start and end. (Remember to include days like Mother's Day/Father's Day and birthdays.)
- Create a formula for anticipatable events that will work for the first one to two years of the plan's life.
- Don't forget to include drop-off and pick-up times and locations.
- See that both parents have access to medical records, school records, teachers and activities.
- Make sure both parents have the right to make emergency medical decisions.
Child support payments:
- Include what is covered by the payments and who gets any tax deductions.
- Designate how payment will be made.
- Make sure the paying party has adequate life insurance to cover support obligations in case of death.
- Designate which parent is responsible for costs associated with the children's ongoing medical and dental insurance and related expenses.
- Don't forget childcare, education and extra-curricular activity expenses and whether they will be paid directly to the provider.
- Address how you will deal with delinquent payments.
Travel details and expenses when parents live far from each other:
- Be specific if there are age-related travel concerns or other requirements.
- State any restriction on domestic or international travel.