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Wisconsin Parenting Plans 101

Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

Waukesha parenting plan lawyerA document that outlines all parental duties is known as a parenting plan. When a couple with children decides to file for divorce, it is each parent’s responsibility to file a proposed parenting plan asking the court to make decisions about the legal custody and physical placement of their children. In the event that both parents completely agree on these issues, one plan may be filed, but in many cases, each parent will file their own proposed plan. Below is some more information on how parenting plans work in Wisconsin:

Who Decides On a Parenting Plan?

In the ideal situation, both parents are involved in a child’s life. However, if your divorce is the result of abuse, domestic violence, or another dangerous issue, you may prefer to handle all parental duties on your own, and you may ask the court to grant you sole custody of your children. If you do wish to share these duties, you will need to work with your ex-spouse to create a parenting plan that you both agree on.

Even though you and your child’s other parent are highly encouraged to come up with an agreed plan, any proposed parenting plan will need to be approved by the court. If your plan protects your child’s best interests, it will likely be approved by a judge. In the event that you and your child’s other parent do not create a plan or cannot agree on certain issues, the court may make decisions on your behalf.

What Needs to Be Included in a Parenting Plan?

Since each family is different, no two parenting plans are exactly alike. When you are determining what to include in your parenting plan, there are a variety of factors to consider. Your parenting plan should include the following:

  • Schedules for birthdays, holidays, and other special days.
  • How your children will be involved in sports or extracurricular activities.
  • Transportation arrangements, such as who will drive the children to school, extracurricular activities, and social events.
  • Healthcare decisions, such as which immunizations children will receive.
  • Visitation time with important family members such as grandparents.
  • Whether children will attend church or participate in religious education or activities.
  • Ground rules for when you and your spouse may introduce your children to a new partner.

Due to the fact that your circumstances are unique, you may choose to include other decisions in your parenting plan. When creating your plan, try to be fair and open to flexibility and future modifications in the event that circumstances change.

Contact Our Experienced Waukesha County Divorce Attorneys

If you have questions related to parenting plans in Wisconsin, or if you would like assistance creating a plan that is ideal for your particular situation, reach out to our Delafield divorce lawyers. We can help you reach an agreement that provides for your children’s best interests while protecting your parental rights. Call us at 262-203-4916 for a free consultation.



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