Creating a Parenting Plan

Assistance Provided by a Houston Divorce Law Firm

Photo of Lunch BoxA parenting plan is a document that outlines each parent’s responsibilities upon separation or divorce. This includes information about living arrangements, as well as which parent will make decisions regarding a child’s education, religion and healthcare. Creating a sound parenting plan is extremely important when deciding upon child custody arrangements because it sets forth how the parents will raise a child over the course of his upbringing.

At John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C., our Houston child custody lawyer has experience drafting parenting plans that address the specific needs of your child. We understand that divorce is hard on children and that is why each Houston family lawyer at our firm strives to draft parenting plans that create the smoothest and most effective transition to raising a child after divorce.

What to Include in a Parenting Plan

A parenting plan typically discusses physical custody issues, such as:

  • Whether there will be sole or joint custody
  • Which parent has physical custody of the child on which days of the week/month
  • Which parent has custody during the holidays and during the child’s birthday
  • When and where visitation hours will take place, including drop-off and pick-up times and locations
  • Whether there will be extended visitation while a child is on school breaks, holidays and summer vacations

A parenting plan should also set forth the specifics of child support arrangements, including:

  • How child support payments will be made
  • What is covered by child support payments
  • Which party is responsible for paying medical and dental bills and insurance premiums
  • Who is responsible for paying for any childcare, education and extra-curricular activity expenses
  • How the parties will address delinquent payments

Additionally, a parenting plan will also include information about other decisions regarding a child, including:

  • Which parent has the right to make decisions about the child’s health
  • Which parent has the right to make decisions about the child’s education and religion
  • Whether both parents have access to medical records, school records, teachers and extracurricular activities
  • Which party will be required to pay for travel expenses, if the parents live far away from each other

Legal Assistance Provided by our Houston Family Lawyer

If you are currently going through a divorce and need help drafting child support and child custody guidelines, the lawyers at our firm are available to assist you. Contact a Houston child custody attorney at John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C. today for assistance with drafting an effective parenting plan for your children.

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