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PARENTING PLANS 101. Where do we start?
What is a parenting plan?
A parenting plan, also called a “custody and visitation agreement,’ is the parents’ written agreement
With a written plan, the parents and your children will know what to expect and will have fewer conflicts
in your shared parenting time.
Your parenting plan becomes a court order after it is signed by both parents, signed by the judge, and
filed with the court.
General suggestions for your Parenting Plan
Parents need to make a parenting plan that is in the best interest of your child. When both parents are
active in their kids’ lives and do not fight over custody and visitation schedules, the children will usually
do much better. Change is hard for children.
How do we talk to each other?
How you talk to each other and to your children can make a big difference. Try to think about the other
parent as a business partner. Acting "businesslike" might help get your mind off the pain and stress so
you can focus better on your children.
Here are some tips:
INSTEAD OF SAYING: wife, husband, ex-wife, ex-husband, my "ex"
TRY SAYING: children's mother, children's father
INSTEAD OF SAYING: has visitation with TRY SAYING: stays with, comes over
INSTEAD OF SAYING: custody and visitation agreement TRY SAYING: parenting plan
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