Parenting Plans and the Best Interests of the Children

Custodial and non-custodial parents should always uphold their responsibilities. The custodial parent must make certain that the child has access to the non-custodial parent.

Child support should be paid and visitation should continue regardless of what the other side is doing. The best way to resolve visitation and/or child support issues is through mediation or the courts if the parents can’t agree. Attempts to punish the other parent ends up hurting the children in the long run. A parent should always ask: "Is this in the best interests of the children?"

Here are a number of the elements and considerations that may go into a parenting record:

  • Primary and/or joint custody and residence
  • Holiday schedule(s)
  • Health and medical care
  • Emergency Treatment & care
  • Pick up and return arrangements
  • Move-away restrictions
  • Telephone, mail, and email
  • Transportation arrangements
  • Transfer of clothing, toys & accessories
  • Expenses - normal and extraordinary
  • Travel arrangements and conditions
  • Tax deductions and HOH Designation
  • Current address notification
  • Daycare arrangements and Information
  • Additional home resident(s) clause
  • Employer contact agreement/restrictions
  • Educational arrangement and schooling
  • Religious education
  • Visitation/parenting time
  • Grandparents and extended family
  • Child discipline and guidance
  • Conflict clauses
  • Post-secondary support and planning
  • Decision making rights and responsibilities
  • Medication and controlled substances
  • Release of records and information
  • Vacation agreement/restrictions
  • Child counseling and/or therapy



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