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What can be included in a parenting plan?

Divorce is never easy, especially on kids. Sometimes after parents in Rhode Island separate or divorce, they are able to work out a parenting plan with regards to child custody. Two main topics that a parenting plan may address is time-sharing and decision-making.

When it comes to time-sharing, parents in Rhode Island will need to address a number of factors. They will need to decide how overnight stays will work. For example, what days of the week will the child spend overnight with one parent and what days of the week will the child spend overnight with the other parent? This includes accounting for holidays, summer vacations and other important times. Time-sharing may also cover routines, that is, when each parent will be responsible for the daily caretaking of the child. Finally, time-sharing can address special activities such as recreational activities like piano recitals and soccer games.

Parenting plans should also address each parent's decision-making authority. This includes everyday decisions that encompass the day-to-day care of the child and also significant decisions such as what religion the child will practice and major medical decisions. Some parents in Rhode Island may find that sharing the ability to make major decisions makes the most sense.

These are only two aspects of parenting plans that parents in Rhode Island may want to consider. In the end, many children thrive on routine, and it is in their best interests for them to know where they will live and when. By agreeing to a parenting plan and sticking to it, parents can raise their child in a positive environment that meets everyone's needs.

Source: Psychology Today, "Developing Co-Parenting Plans," Edward Kruk, Oct. 24, 2015

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