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Parenting Plans

A Parenting Plan is a formal statement of how the needs of children are going to be met after divorce.

Most fully implemented in the US state of Washington, these plans are attracting increasing attention in many parts of the world as more jurisdictions move from emphasising parental rights to encouraging parental responsibilities.

Typically parenting plans cover important areas such as:


Colorado State lists the aims of a parenting plan as:
To promote the amicable settlement of disputes between the parties to a marriage attendant upon their separation or the dissolution of their marriage, the parties may enter into a written separation agreement containing provisions for the maintenance of either of them, the disposition of any property owned by either of them, and the custody, support, and parenting time of their children. [14-10-112]
Washington State aims are:
To make residential provisions for each child which encourage each parent to maintain a loving, stable, and nurturing relationship with the child, consistent with the child's developmental level and the family's social and economic circumstances. [28-09-187]


Washington State lists the objectives of a parenting plan as being to:

Things to consider when devising a plan

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) has produced a number of helpful leaflets for divorcing parents. They emphasise that shared parenting may not work for everyone, and on this site you will find the following extracts:
It is worth noting that although parenting plans may be stand alone documents, but are best incorporated in a separation agreement.

Links to other sites


David Cannon
Last updated 27 January 1997

Thanks to United Fathers of America, for their help in collecting the resources for this section.

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