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Basic Parenting Plan Guide


  • Cover Page
  • What is a parenting plan and how do I use this guide?
  • This PDF contains basic introductions and refers parents to several resources for writing their parenting plan. Includes screening questions to help a parent decide whether to use the basic or the safety-focused guide.

  • How do I get started?
  • Questions for parents to ask themselves to help them create a plan that fits their unique family needs. Offers suggestions on how to use the answers to help guide them in making decisions about their parenting plan.


    Basic Parenting Plan Form

  • Basic Parenting Plan Form
  • Interactive Parenting Plan Form (Via iForms)​
  • A master form with check boxes and simple choices. Offers opportunities throughout to customize the provisions. Can be filled in on-line, saved, changed, emailed and printed. Also the blank form maybe printed and filled in by hand.

  • Basic Parenting Plan Worksheet
  • The same master form, but with detailed instructions.

    Additional Pages to Basic Parenting Plan Form

  • Attachment 3.2(C)
  • Offers a place for parents to write a different parenting time schedule for a child whose needs are different from his or her siblings, or to write a different schedule for later when the child has grown older and has different needs.

  • Attachment 4.2 Additional Holidays
  • Offers a place to add additional holidays or special days for this family.

  • Attachment 9.5​
  • Offers a place to add additional paragraphs to the parenting plan.


    Parenting Plan Schedules

  • Sample Schedules
  • For each age group, (ages and stages), these schedules provide developmental information, and guidance for writing an age-appropriate parenting time schedule. Offers at least one suggestion (sometimes more) for three different levels of parental involvement.

  • Birth to 36 Months
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 6 to 12 years
  • 13 to 18 years
  • Reference Sources fo Ages and Stages
  • Blank Calendar

  • Medium/Long Distance Parenting Plan Form

  • Medium/Long Distance Parenting Plan Form
  • Specially designed for use when parents live more than 60 miles away from each other. A master form with check boxes and simple choices. Offers opportunities throughout to customize provisions. Can be filled in on-line, saved, changed, emailed and printed. Also the blank form maybe printed and filled in by hand.

  • Medium/Long Distance Parenting Plan Worksheet
  • The same master form, but with detailed instructions.

    Attachments to Medium/Long Distance Parenting Plan Form

  • Attachment 4A - Medium Distance Schedule
  • Designed for parents who live 60 - 180 miles apart.

  • Attachment 4B - Long Distance Schedule
  • Designed for parents who live more than 180 miles apart.


    Additional Resources

  • Parenting Plan Guide Glossary
  • A glossary of terms that are used in the Parenting Plan Guide or may be heard by parents during the legal process.

  • Where Can I Learn More
  • A resource list of books, web sites, and other materials. Materials for children are sorted by age group. Materials for adults are sorted by topic. Some listings also include a brief summary about the material.


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