What is a parenting plan, and do I need one?

A parenting plan is a document that sets forth, at a minimum, the legal custodial relationship of the child, a schedule for the child’s time with each parent, and a procedure for resolving disputes between the parents.

If either parent is in the military, the parenting plan will also set forth provisions for custody and parenting time upon military deployment, mobilization, temporary duty, or unaccompanied tour of such service member.

If the parents have entered into a parenting plan, the court will presume that the plan is in the best interests of the child. If you have a minor child, you need a parenting plan.