A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how co-parents will work together to raise their children.
In mediation, parents can discuss their shared parenting values and how best to support their children together in both homes. The parenting plan can get as detailed as the parents want; common elements include (but not limited to):
- parenting schedules for the school year, school-breaks and holidays;
- transitions between homes;
- how parents will share information and contact each other in times of emergency;
- childcare / babysitting arrangements;
- how both parties will communicate with the children while in the care of the other parent;
- how parents will support their children with extra-curricular activities, and health issues;
- how parents will introduce new romantic partners to the children.
The mediation process is voluntary and collaborative; it empowers ex-spouses to work together for the best interests of their children. Unlike any other process available to separating/divorcing families, mediation allows co-parents the most control in creating a parenting plan that is unique to their children’s needs.