SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

PARENT EDUCATION: FOCUS ON THE CHILDREN

A PARENTING PLAN CHECK LIST

Shared parenting allows both parents an opportunity to actively participate in parenting activities. Below is a checklist of issues to consider while developing a parenting plan. Even though you may not have both equally been involved in planning or participating in these events prior to divorce, you both will be involved in creating a plan for your family after divorce.

You will find forms for agreement on Parenting and Financial agreements in this packet. Those representing themselves are expected to use these forms. If you have an attorney, the attorney will help you develop your own individual plan, but the areas covered by that agreement will be the same as those given to you in preparation for the parenting class. Thus whether you do it yourself or have assistance of an attorney you will need to resolve these possible areas of conflict.

Residential Arrangement ( responsibility for daily care given to the children)

1. Time Sharing/Visitation (based upon needs and best interests of the children)

    1. Weekly arrangements (Schooling, sports, discipline, special interests, chores)
    2. Week-end arrangements
    3. Major holidays

2. Religious/Spiritual Training

3. Out-of-State Travel with Children

Financial Planning:

4. Child Support (the requirements of the Child Support Guidelines)

5. Tax Exemption and credits (review with accountant and/or lawyer)

6. Education

7. Medical/Dental/Vision

8. Day Care

9. Life Insurance on Parents