Parenting Plans

A Parenting Plan is a legal document that establishes all of the rights and obligations of parents regarding their children. All divorces involving children and all parenting petitions filed by non-married parents will result in a Court approved Parenting Plan about where the children spend their time and attend school, among other things.

The Parenting Plan will include a provision about decision-making responsibility for matters affecting the children. Most often, the parents will be jointly responsible for making "major decisions" about the children's medical care, schooling and religion. It is possible to request sole decision-making responsibility about these important issues when special circumstances prevent the parents from appropriately communicating and working together in the best interests of the children.

The most detailed portion of the Parenting Plan relates to the schedule of residential responsibility for the children. The Plan will describe when the mother and the father have parenting time, which includes the routine schedule, holidays, and vacations.