Glossary of Legal Terms

Parenting Plan (Custody and Visitation Plan)

A document that describes how parents will be involved with and make decisions regarding their minor child(ren). The plan contains a time-sharing schedule for the parents and child(ren). The issues concerning the minor child(ren) may include, but are not limited to, the child(ren)'s education, health care, and physical, social, and emotional well-being. In creating the plan, all circumstances between the parties, including the parties' historic relationship, domestic violence, and other factors are taken into consideration. The parenting plan is developed and agreed to by the parents and approved by a court or, if the parents cannot agree, set by the court.