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Child Custody - Sample Parenting Plan
May Long Weekend:
1. The children will be in the care of their mother for the three-day May long weekend.
2. In the following school year, this holiday schedule will alternate so that the children will be in the care of their mother for Thanksgiving, with their father for the first week of Christmas holidays, and so on.
3. The summer school holiday (approximately nine weeks) will be shared equally by the parents.
4. Each parent may take a maximum of two consecutive weeks (Friday until Friday two weeks later) to spend with the children. Transition time will be at noon on Friday, unless the parents mutually agree on another time.
5. The remainder of the summer holiday period will be shared equally so that the children spend alternate weeks in the care of each parent. If there is an extra week, it will be divided so that the children spend half the week with each parent.
6. We will decide in the summer holiday by April 30 of each year.
7. If there is an uneven number of weeks in a given summer, then the parent who the children are not with prior to the last week of the summer (that last week will be shared equally by the parents) will be the parent with whom the children reside for the first week of school.
8. Regardless of the schedule, arrangements will be made for the children to see both parents on Hallowe'en.
9. The non-residential parent is free to call the child on her or his birthday. The non-residential parent and the child are free to have a brief visit on the child's actual date of birth (length of visit to be determined by the residential parent).
10. The children's birthday parties involving friends will be jointly planned by the parents and will take place in a neutral setting.
11. Regardless of the regular schedule, if the children wish to see a parent on her or his actual birthday, then arrangements will be made for this visit.
Mother's Day/Father's Day
12. If the children are not regularly scheduled to be in the care of the parent being recognized, then the children may spend from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the care of that parent. The regular schedule will then resume.
RIGHT OF FIRST OPPORTUNITY
13. When the residential parent will be out for an evening during a period which includes putting the children to bed, then that parent will ask a sitter to care for the children.
14. However, if the residential parent will be away for a period of time including an overnight, then the other parent will be first asked if she or he is available to care for the children. If he or she in available, then the children will be cared for by that parent. There will be no expectation by that parent needing the child care to make up for the period of time that he or she is absent.
15. Any other time a parent requires child care, it will be at his or her discretion regarding our children's upbringing.