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How is a parenting plan used by the court?

When you get divorced, the court in Pennsylvania has you develop a parenting plan, which outlines your visitation and custody agreement with your ex-spouse. This plan can be very helpful to everyone to ensure there are no misunderstandings or issues when it comes to your children. The court uses it to ensure that the situation is in the best interests of your children.

According to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the court will order you to have specific details in your parenting plan. The court may also add additional requirements as it sees fit based on your situation. The main goal is to end custody and visitation disputes and get you to work together with your children’s other parent. The plan also helps the court to make its final ruling on custody and visitation. It can show the court how eager you both are to work together for what is best for your children.

In the plan, you may include details about the schedule of your children. This involves outlining where the children will be throughout the week and the year. You can set the holiday schedule and even iron out transportation agreements. You will explain where the children will live and even include details on your children’s school schedules and how they will be handled. Costs for your children can also be outlined. Finally, you will create a process for resolving issues and making changes.

A well-written parenting plan can eliminate problems down the road and enable you and your ex-spouse to better parent your children and work as a team. This information is for education and is not legal advice.