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Parenting Plan Essentials: Things to consider

Umbrella Family LawMarch 7, 2024

Parenting Plan Essentials: Things to consider

Creating a parenting plan can be a challenging task, but it is an essential step in ensuring that your children’s needs are met after separation. A parenting plan is a written agreement between parents that outlines how they will share parenting responsibilities and make decisions about their children’s welfare. It is a useful tool for co-parenting and can help avoid conflicts and misunderstandings in the future. In this blog post, we will discuss the key things you should include in a parenting plan.

Living Arrangements

The parenting plan should outline where the children will live and the schedule for their time with each parent. It should specify the arrangements for weekdays, weekends, school holidays, special occasions, and other important events. The plan should also address any issues related to travel, such as who will cover the costs of transportation and how travel arrangements will be made.


The plan should outline how parents will make important decisions about their children’s welfare, such as education, medical care, and religious upbringing. It should specify who has the final decision-making authority or how decisions will be made jointly.


Effective communication between parents is crucial for successful co-parenting. The parenting plan should address how parents will communicate with each other, including the preferred method of communication, frequency, and the protocol for resolving conflicts.

Dispute Resolution

The plan should outline the process for resolving any disputes or disagreements that may arise between parents. This can include mediation or arbitration and should be tailored to the specific needs of the family.

Child Support

The parenting plan should address the financial support of the children, including the amount of child support, how it will be paid, and when payments are due. It should also outline how parents will share the cost of other expenses, such as healthcare and education.

Special Considerations

If there are any special considerations, such as the needs of a child with a disability, cultural or religious practices, or any other unique circumstances, these should be addressed in the parenting plan.

Review and Update

Finally, it is essential to review and update the parenting plan regularly. As children grow and circumstances change, the parenting plan may need to be modified to reflect these changes.

Creating a parenting plan is an important step in ensuring that your children’s needs are met after separation. The plan should be comprehensive, addressing all key areas of co-parenting, and should be tailored to the specific needs of the family.


If you need assistance in creating a parenting plan or modifying an existing plan, Umbrella Family Law can provide guidance and support. Our experienced family lawyers can help you navigate the process and ensure that your children’s best interests are always the top priority. Contact us to see how we can help.


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