Parenting Plan

A parenting plan is a legally-binding document that orders the allocation of parental responsibilities (custody arrangement), parenting time (visitation rights), or both.

The content of a parenting plan may include, but is not limited to the following information:

  • which parent(s) has primary custody of the child(s)

  • how much parenting time (visitation rights) is given to each parent

  • how the child is to be transported and exchanged between parents

  • how both parents are to communicate with each other to coordinate childcare

Some additional things to know about parenting plans:

  • Once a party files a petition to get custody of a child, both parties have 120 days to file a parenting plan. Both parties are allowed to file a parenting plan jointly as well.

  • If you do not file your appearance, there is no penalty for failing to submit a parenting plan. However, a judge is more likely to rule in one's favor if a plan is submitted.

  • If neither party submits a parenting plan, it is the court's responsibility to create one.