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What is in a parenting plan?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2021 | Child Custody, Divorce |

When married couples are going through the divorce process, deciding how to handle childcare is one of the most important matters that they must settle. It is generally preferable for parents to reach a mutual agreement about how they will share responsibilities.

In Alabama, couples with children who are legally dissolving a marriage will resolve matters pertaining to parental responsibilities in a parenting plan. Here are some important elements to consider when you are structuring a plan or requesting a judicial determination about a plan’s key components.

Custody

A parenting plan establishes a schedule for how much time each parent spends with their children. If parents are sharing custody equally, the plan will set forth how they will facilitate pickups and drop-offs.

Visitation

If one parent will have primary custody, the plan will create a clear schedule for when and where children will spend time with a noncustodial parent. Parents should try to work out holiday schedules to avoid uncertainty and confusion. Also, they may need to make special arrangements for time out of schools such as winter and spring breaks.

Decisions about care

Parents do not wholly relinquish their ability to make decisions about childcare by consenting to children’s other parent having custody. A parenting plan specifies each parent’s role in decision-making about vital care such as medical treatment or educational needs.

If parents cannot agree on a plan, a judge will rule on matters that are in dispute. In issuing rulings, courts’ primary objective is to promote children’s best interests.

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