Pennsylvania parents getting a divorce must generally come up with a parenting plan to establish how they will raise their children following the divorce. When two parents are no longer together, it is important that they work together to prioritize the best interests of the child.
In some cases, parents can agree on a plan to submit to a judge for review, and the judge will then issue a final custody order. If parents are unable to agree, they can each submit their own proposed plan for the judge to review prior to trial. Following the trial, the judge will make their decision and issue a final custody order.
What should be included in my parenting plan?
A judge will only approve a parenting plan that properly addresses the major issues surrounding the custody of a child. Under Title 23 Pa. C.S.A., parenting plans should include:
- Schedule for care of the child: Parenting time, holidays, vacations, etc.
- Child’s education and religious upbringing
- Child’s health care
- Arrangements for childcare
- Transportation for child
- Plan to address disputes, proposed changes, and breaches of the custody order
- Other issues relating to the best interests of the child
- Other matters specified by the court
It can be challenging for you and your ex to agree on a parenting plan to best address the needs of your child. Experienced family law attorneys in your area have handled hundreds of divorces and can help you create the perfect plan for your family.