Custody & Access

Parenting Plan Checklist

Parents need to decide for themselves what they want and need to include in their parenting plan. The list that follows includes some of the more common issues that parents may want to address. Some parenting plans will need to address issues not listed here while others may not want to include all of the issues listed here. Every family situation is unique.
  • Decision-Making – including who will make the decisions, whether there is a duty to consult or to inform and what will happen if parents who share decision-making cannot agree
  • Residence – including whether the child will live mostly with one parent or share time between the parents
  • Change of Residence – what happens if either parent decides to move including notice and/or permission requirements
  • Parenting Time – when each parent will see the child
  • Activities – including attendance, supervision and transportation
  • Holidays and Special Occasions – whether there will be changes to the regular parenting schedule
  • Parenting Exchanges – who is responsible for drop-off and pick-up and where this will take place
  • Communication (third parties) – how communication with schools, daycares, teams etc. will take place
  • Communication (parents and child) – how and when information concerning the child and the parenting arrangement will be communicated between the parents as well as how the parents will communicate with the child while they are in the other parent’s care
  • Conduct – rules concerning the behaviour of the parents towards each other and the child
  • Disputes – how disputes concerning the parenting arrangement will be resolved (i.e. with the help of a mediator, etc.)
  • Changes – how and when the parenting plan can be modified