Parenting plans can be as detailed or as vague as the parents want.
If the model schedule for your area is not appropriate for your family, you may decide that the model plan can be re-worked for your family. You may also want to do an online search and look at some other parenting plan language.
When writing a parenting plan, at a minimum, you should include the following 6 items in your parenting plan:
- Standards of Parental Conduct – how parents act toward each other & children
- Parental Responsibility - Decision making
- Primary Residence – Timesharing
- Child support – Guideline calculation/deviation, college
- How the Plan Can be Changed – Written and signed by both, triggers
Developing the parenting plan can help you become clearer about what your expectations for your former spouse are. It can also help you focus on the long-range plan for your children. Parents with young children have to look far into the future and consider how those future decisions will be made and the future responsibilities allocated.
Through the years, I’ve noticed that parents who work hard to develop a detailed parenting plan tend to return to court less. I think the success for the plan is equal to the time you put into developing it. The parenting plan is a roadmap for your children’s future.
You will probably want to include many more items in your plan. The six items listed here are the bare minimum requirements for a parenting plan.