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The elements of a parenting plan in Alabama

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2022 | Blog, Divorce

When couples with young children divorce, one of the biggest concerns is how to parent the children afterward. Questions always arise regarding schedules, visitation, and of course finances. A parenting plan provides the answers.

What is a parenting plan in Alabama?

All divorce agreements must include an Alabama Model Parenting Plan Court Form to ensure both parents are on the same page regarding decisions about the children going forward. These parenting plans force souses to make decisions in advance. This makes co-parenting after divorce easier for both them and most importantly, the children.

What are the required elements of a parenting plan?

The parenting plan should anticipate all the decisions and issues that may arise when co-parenting after a divorce. Therefore, all parenting plans should define the following:

  • Custody arrangement (i.e., joint custody)
  • Time-sharing arrangements
  • Care and education plans
  • Medical and dental care
  • Shared holidays
  • Child support
  • Designation of a primary parent for the child’s involvement in academic, religious, and other activities

What happens if you and your spouse cannot agree on a parenting plan?

When the parents cannot agree on what terms or details to include in the plan, each party may submit their own separate parenting plan. Then the judge will hold a trial to determine which parenting plan and time-sharing schedule meet the best interests of the children.

A well-written parenting plan is a crucial document for divorcing parents of young children. It will make future decisions easier for both parents and children, and help eliminate disagreements that can destroy positive relationships.

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