Parenting Plan – As a parent involved in divorce in GA, you will be required to create a Parenting Plan. An uncontested divorce attorney partner can be critical in making sure your parenting plan complies with GA Laws. In an uncontested divorce the parenting plan is submitted by both parents together.
The purpose of a written parenting plans provide children and parents with some assurances of maintaining meaningful contact and can prevent future conflict. Children do best when their parents cooperate.
Some parents put the parenting plan away and never refer to it because they work together – but if there is a disagreement on parenting time – the court will generally enforce the parenting plan.
What to consider in developing a Georgia Parenting Plan?
The age of the children are always important in creating your plan. A general rule is the younger the child, the more frequent the need for the child to connect with both parents. If you need additional information or ideas about creating a parenting plan contact us. Following are some components to consider when creating a parenting plan.
- Goals each parent has for the children as well as mutual goals for the children
- Parents’ work and activity schedules
- Children’s school and activity schedules
- Parental responsibility for each day of the week given the parents and children’s schedules
- Holiday schedules
- Decision making regarding religion, school, non-emergency medical care and extra-curricular activities.
What must a Georgia Parenting Plan contain?
A parenting plan in Georgia must comply with O.C.G.A. §19-9-1 and include the following aspirations:
- A recognition that a close and continuing parent-child relationship and continuity in the child’s life will be in the child’s best interest.
- A recognition that the child’s needs will change and grow as the child matures and demonstrate that the parents will make an effort to parent that takes this issue into account so that future modifications to the parenting plan are minimized.
- A recognition that a parent with physical custody will make day to day decisions and emergency decisions while the child is residing with such parent.
- That both parents will have access to all of the child’s records and information, including, but not limited to, education, health, extracurricular activities, and religious communications.
Additionally, the Georgia Parenting Plan must also include:
- Where and when a child will be in each parent’s physical care, designating where the child will spend each day of the year.
- How holidays, birthdays, vacations, school breaks, and other special occasions will be spent with each parent including the time of day that each event will begin and end.
- Transportation arrangements including how the child will be exchanged between the parents, the location of the exchange, how the transportation costs will be paid, and any other matter relating to the child spending time with each parent.
- Whether supervision will be needed for any parenting time and, if so, the particulars of the supervision;
- An allocation of decision-making authority to one or both of the parents with regard to the child’s education, health, extracurricular activities, and religious upbringing, and if the parents agree the matters should be joint decided how to resolve a situation in which the parents disagree on resolution and
- What if any limitations will exist while one parent has physical custody for the child in terms of the other parent contacting the child and the other parent’s right to access education, health, extracurricular activity, and religious information regarding the child.
For more information about Georgia Parenting Plans, see the attorney BLOG archives.
More help for the Georgia Divorcing Parents.
- Mom’s House, Dad’s House, Isolini Ricci
- Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids, Isolini Ricci
- The Co-parenting Toolkit, Isolini Ricci
- Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies For Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce, JoAnne Pedro-Carroll
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Contact the Remboldt Law Firm to answer your questions about parenting plans or to modify the parenting plan that you already have at 404-348-4081 during a free 30 minute telephone consultation.
If you have agreed on a divorce and all the divorce terms, an Uncontested Divorce Attorney can assist you in getting your divorce completed. In the mean time, you may find the Georgia Child Support Worksheet helpful. Also, if you are considering an uncontested divorce, you may find the Uncontested Divorce Worksheet helpful in moving forward with an uncontested divorce.