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A Common Parenting Plan Template

Parenting PlanWhen creating a parenting plan for your child custody and visitation situation, you may need to use a template.

Parenting plan templates are a great way to start if you are unsure how to make a parenting plan.

When making a parenting plan, you can get easily overwhelmed with all the information that you need to include. That is where a template or sample plan comes in. What makes up a parenting plan template?  Let’s take a look at the basic components of a parenting plan sample.

good parenting plan template should include sections for:

    • Legal custody – This is the decision-making responsibility parents have regarding their child. Custody is divided either solely or jointly. Sole legal custody means that one parent has the authority to make all major decisions for the child. Joint legal custody means the parents divide the decision-making and each parent has authority over certain decisions and each parent has the authority to make decisions when the child is in the custody of that parent.
    • Physical custody – This is the actual physical time parents spend with their child. Sole physical custody means that one parent has primary care and residence of the child and the other parent has visitation rights. Joint physical custody means that both parents have substantial time with their child. Joint custody does not mean that time is split equally.
    • Dental and medical care – Your parenting plan should include information about your child’s medical and dental care. This section should include how care is provided and divided between parents, which parent will cover those expenses and pay for insurance and who is responsible for taking the child to doctor and dental appointments.
    • Education – Your child’s education is important. If your child is young, you need to include information about where your child attends school. If your child is older, you need to include information about how your child’s college expenses will be financed.
    • Finances and child support – Raising a child is expensive. You need a section in your parenting plan that details how finances and expenses are divided between parents. You should also include information child support payments and who is responsible for paying them. All finances and expenses regarding your child should be included in this section.
    • Plan provisions – You need to have provisions to make your parenting plan more effective. You should include provisions about:
      • Parental communication
      • Making changes
      • Resolving parental disputes
      • Additional provisions

It is wise to use a template when making a parenting plan.

Work together with the other parent to make your parenting plan and make it in the best interest of your child. You can be a wonderful parent even if you are sharing parental responsibilities.


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