When parents make the decision to file for divorce, the sudden change can have a huge impact on their children, who are used to having both parents around all the time. Creating a parenting plan that outlines child custody and visitation rights is beneficial, so that each parent can still be a part of their children’s lives.

What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is a written agreement between both parents that outlines a schedule for when the children will spend time with each parent, as well as how the parents will make decisions for the sake of their children, including the children’s health and education. Both the parents and children will have an idea of what to expect when a parenting plan is in place, and this document will become a court order after it is signed by both parents.

What is Included in a Parenting Plan?

Parents will need to consider their children’s basic needs, personality types, and ages when completing a parenting plan. They will also need to determine consistent schedules for everyday care, school, vacations, and holidays, so that the children have a sense of certainty and a more reliable routine when spending time with each parent.

Even though each parent should stick with a regular routine, there may be exceptions, especially if a child is sick, and he or she is not well enough to visit the other parent. The distance between parents’ homes should also be taken into account. Depending on the parenting situation, these questions should also be considered when creating a parenting plan:

Where will the children be on weekdays and weekends?Where will the children be on holidays and vacations?Which parent will be in charge of what activities?Which parent will assume responsibility at which times?How will transportation from one parent’s house to the other parent’s house be handled?

Contact a San Jose Visitation Lawyer

Divorce can be very hard on children, especially at a young age, and parents need to create a plan to make their relationship with their children a positive one. If you are considering filing for divorce, you do not have to fight the legal battle alone. At Dominion Law Group, LLP, we have represented clients in divorce, child custody, and parenting time matters for over 28 years. For a free consultation, please call an experienced Santa Clara County divorce attorney at 408-288-5592 to discuss your case.


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