Establishing Routine in Parenting Plans
Key Points
  • Providing a routine can prevent stress for you and your child.
  • You should keep track of visitation and parenting time. There are some great online custody tracking software programs to help you keep a record and document which parent had the child, when, and how long.

A detailed parenting plan provides predictability in the parenting schedule for both the parents and their child. It allows the parents to make plans for their child and implement a regular and consistent parenting routine for him/her. The child who knows which parent he/she will be with and what or she will be doing feels more secure, stable, and self-confident than a child who is left constantly worrying and wondering where he/she will go and what he/she will be doing. 

Thus, a routine reduces the stress in both the parent and the child, which makes for peace of mind for both. Parents who are not angry with the other parent are better parents.

Tracking the Routine

Both parents should keep a journal in which they track visitation and parenting as well as other facets of divorced parenting. A record, not only of time spent with the child but also expenses and activities, can be invaluable in the event of a custody dispute. In its simplest form, the record should document who had the child, when, and for how long.

In particular, tracking visitation and parenting time can become important when one parent may wish to claim a certain number of overnight visits.

There are also computerized programs available to help parents track visitation and parenting.

Useful Online Tools

Suggested Reading
Creating a Successful Parenting Plan Creating a Successful Parenting Plan
This extraordinary book and computer disk offers separating or divorcing parents a sure-fire way to create a workable, practical parenting plan/agreement that is in the best interest of their children.

Author: Jayne A. Major, Ph.D.

Recent Related Blog Posts
    All Parenting Blog Posts

Related Article Archives
Custody & Visitation
Parental Alienation
    All Article Archives

Related Categories
Children & Divorce
Child Relocation
Collect & Paying Child Support
    All Categories
Related Forums
Child Custody
Child Removal
Child Support
Helping Children
Stepfamily Issues
    All Forums

Resources & Tools

Bookstore Promotion Discount

Start Your Divorce Online Start Your Divorce
Several Options to Get Started Today.
Divorce Tools Online Divorce Tools
Keeping it Simple to Get the Job Done.
Divorce Downloads Download Center
Instantly Download Books, Guides & Forms.
Divorce and Custody Books Discount Books
Over 100 of the Best Divorce & Custody Books.
Negotiate Online Negotiate Online
Settle your Divorce and Save.
Custody and Support Tracking Custody Scheduling
Make Sure You Document Everything.
CHANGE IN STANDARD OF LIVING – Divorced parenting means dealing with a reduced standard of living. This is a common and often unavoidable risk in divorced families because maintaining economic stability is clearly a protective factor for children.
Custody Scheduling and Tracking

Children In Between - Online Parenting Class

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:


Online Parenting Plans

Online Parenting Plans

3StepParentingPlanTM uses cutting-edge online software to create your Parenting Plan. Using a smart question-and-answer application, 3StepParentingPlanTM gets you a fully customized Parenting Plan in a little more than half of a lawyerÕs billable hour.

Guarantee Official PayPal Seal Facebook Twitter Versign Secure Site