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Establishing a parenting plan in Pennsylvania

Hundreds of thousands of parents across the country rear their children alongside their former partner or spouse. It's becoming more common than ever to co-parent. With this trend comes the broader availability of tools and resources for co-parents.

When the parents of a child make the decision to separate, it is always a good idea to put in place some kind of written agreement that will establish both the responsibilities, schedules and roles that each parent will have when it comes to parenting the child.

The parenting plan -- what is it?

A parenting plan is a type of written agreement that exists between both parents of a child. Although it is a formal document, it is often not legally binding. However it serves as an anchor that both parents can refer back to if they feel the other parent has gone off course.

What should a parenting plan include?

A parenting plan should include some crucial details to ensure that it is a success. It should include some key details in relation to general visitation, as well as who will have visitation during seasonal holidays, birthdays and vacations. It should also specify how the child will be transported between visitations and what will substitute as a back-up. There might also be details such as safety standards regarding car seats and cribs that are used for the child(ren).

Having a well-written, inclusive parenting plan can mean the difference between successful co-parenting and failure. It's important to invest sufficient time when drafting your parenting plan so that it remains flexible but continues to reflect your child's best interests.

If you have questions regarding your parenting plan or other issues surrounding a separation or divorce, please contact the Quinn Law Firm at 814-833-2222.  We can help!

Source: The Spruce, "What to Include in Your Parenting Plan," accessed Nov. 9, 2017

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