PARENTING PLAN CONSIDERATIONS
When crafting a parenting plan, there are numerous issues to be discussed and considered.
The following worksheet addresses many of the concerns of separating parents. Once you have
filled out this worksheet, you can share it with the other parent and have a more meaningful
conversation. You can also give a copy to your lawyer, mediator, or Attorney for the Child.
Encouraging & Facilitating Cooperation Between Parents
In Their Children's Best Interests
INITIATING THE PLANNING PROCESS
Child care encompasses years during which children are maturing, needs and
interests are changing, and the economic circumstances and other responsibilities of
parents may also be changing. Therefore, child care plans are not intended to be rigid,
categorical or without evolution.
The purpose of child care planning, on behalf of the child's best interest, is to
encourage negotiation in a spirit of cooperation and accommodation.
The purpose of this form is to assist you in working out a parenting plan which
maximizes the involvement of both parents for the best interests of the child.
Customarily, child care encompasses decisions regarding, but not limited to:
Medical Care, Education, Religion, Residence, Travel, Support.
Not every question can or need be fully answered.
The intent of this exercise is not to imply that every consideration needs to be
resolved before a child care plan can be implemented.
Instead, the intent of these questions has been to focus your attention on the
practical considerations of implementing a child care plan and to do so without the
antagonisms or apprehensions that frequently accompany divorce or separation.
Finally, the intention has been to demonstrate that since there is such a wide
range of considerations (no single item need be crucial), parents are encouraged to be
flexible and accommodating in recognizing each other's preferences and needs.
1. Information about the children
Full Name Date of birth Gender Social Security No.