A parenting plan is a legal agreement between parents that outlines the terms of custody, visitation, and decision-making for their children after a divorce or separation. It is intended to provide stability and structure for the children while ensuring that both parents have a meaningful and ongoing relationship with them.
Custody refers to the legal right and responsibility to make decisions for a child and to provide for the child’s physical and emotional needs. There are two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions for the child, such as those related to education, healthcare, and religion. Physical custody refers to where the child lives and who is responsible for their day-to-day care.
A parenting plan can be modified if there are significant changes in the circumstances of either parent or the child. For example, a modification may be necessary if one parent relocates, if a child’s needs change, or if there is a change in income or employment for one of the parents. Any modification to a parenting plan must be approved by a court.
It’s important to note that custody and parenting plan decisions are based on the best interests of the child. This means that the court will consider a variety of factors, such as the child’s age, health, and relationship with each parent, when making decisions about custody and visitation.