What Does it Mean?
A parenting plan is a court order that decides whether a child's caregiver has legal custody or visitation rights (parenting time).
How Does it Work?
Parenting plans are designed to help non-married caregivers coordinate care. Details included in a parenting plan may include:
- which parent(s) has primary custody over their child
- the amount of parenting time a parent has with their child
- how the child is to be transported and exchanged between parents; or
- how both parents are to communicate with each other to coordinate childcare
Things You Should Know
- If one caregiver files a petition to get custody of a child, both caregivers have 120 days to file a parenting plan. Caregivers can either file a plan together or separately
- If neither caregiver files a parenting plan, the court must create one.