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A parenting plan is a required part of your divorce proceeding in court. The judge will want to see the plan that you and your soon-to-be former spouse come up with for parenting your children once divorced. Here is a brief guide on creating a parenting plan for court.

The parenting plan is to be included in your petition for divorce. The court wants to see a plan that outlines methods to resolve disagreements, custody statements and visitation schedules. The court will leave it to the parents to create these plans since they know their children the best. But, there are times when parents cannot agree and the court will be forced to create a plan for the parents.

Most parenting plans will include the following items:

- Health care details

- Education plans for every child

- Legal custody

- Child care

- Child support payment and schedule

- Physical custody

- Extracurricular activities

- College expenses

- Visitation schedules

- Steps for resolving disagreements

When constructing a parenting plan, there are some important considerations both parents should look at. These include the following:

- Guidelines for medical care and how the cost for care will be divided among the parents

- Restrictions should be included on travel, both interstate and international

- Specify what is to happen if one of the parents decides to relocate

- Provisions that handle disagreements or other disputes involving the parenting decisions for the children

Some couples are civil enough in their divorce that they can come to an agreement on a parenting plan together. In other cases, each parent presents his or her own parenting plan to the court, leaving the court to choose which one is best for the children involved.

The divorce process is stressful for all involved. It gets more difficult when there are children involved. An experienced divorce attorney can answer all of your questions about child custody and parenting plans in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Source: CustodyXchange, "Preparing a Parenting Plan for Court," accessed May 16, 2017

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