When parents divorce, one thing they must understand is that they must work together to give their child a good life, even though their relationship has ended. This cooperation can begin with a parenting plan. In addition, a custody and visitation agreement contains topics a parenting plan should address.
First, a parenting plan should address physical custody issues. Physical custody refers to where the child resides and when. For example, parents should decide who the child will live with on weekdays and weekends. In addition, parents will also want to decide how they will handle holidays, vacations from school and other special occasions. Children are often involved in activities other than school, for example, soccer games, violin lessons or homework. Parents will need to decide who will oversee which activities. Finally, parents will need to decide how drop-off and pick-up will work when the child is going from one household to the other for parenting time.