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How to develop a parenting plan for child custody

47230746_S.jpgAs part of the child custody and visitation process, parents are required to submit child custody plans. Because the process of developing a parenting plan for child custody and visitation can be challenging, it is useful for parents to rely on family law resources to help them through the process.

Child custody, visitation and parenting plans are all based on what is in the best interests of the child and it is important for parents to keep this in mind. Parenting plans need to include certain elements, including: child custody and visitation, which should also include holiday schedules; childcare expenses; education, college and extracurricular expenses; healthcare costs; who will claim the child on their income tax returns as a deduction; locations designated for exchanges and transportation costs; decision-making rights and responsibilities; and dispute resolution methods.

It is beneficial for parents to agree on a parenting plan, child custody and visitation. Parents are encouraged to reach a child custody agreement and parenting plan but, if they are unable to do so, the family law process can help them. It is necessary for the family law court to approve any parenting plan and custody arrangement agreed upon by the parents so they should not skip that crucial step.

The family law system provides resources to help parents establish a child custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child. Familiarity with these resources can be beneficial to parents so they can develop a parenting plan that works for their family.

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