Here is a quick list of issues to think about when creating a parenting plan (custody agreement) in Connecticut.
Parenting Plan Checklist: Legal Custody
Medical Decisions: Emergency and routine decision-making, notification, legal consent.
Education: School districts, lessons, tutoring, special needs, college.
Religion: Religious education, observance, traditions.
Access to Information and People: Educational and medical records, passports and birth certificates, doctors, etc.
Discipline: Day-to-day discipline, rules for behavior now and in the future.
Renegotiation: Periodic review of plan, creating a living document, relocation.
Conflict Resolution: Settling future disputes.
Romantic Relationships: Introducing or exposing child(ren) to new romantic partners.
Parental Behavior: No disparaging comments, children as messenger. Discussion about divorce or other parent in front of child(ren).
Penalties: Consequence for non-compliance.
Parenting Plan Checklist: Physical Custody
Calendar: Children’s living arrangement for a typical week or month.
Transitions: The who/when/where of pick-ups.
Holidays: Secular and religious holidays including all time off from school.
Vacations: Arranging for international travel passports.
Parental Relocation: Restrictions and notice before moving.
Extended Family & Friends: Access to the children.
Periodic Changes: Planning for known developmental changes in child(ren) and unplanned changes in child(ren)’s life.
Childcare: Including right of first refusal.
Communication: Phone calls, emails, Our Family Wizard software between visits.
Distribution of property and debts.
Assets on financial affidavits.
Execution of deed and other documents.
Division of current debts.
After-found assets and debts.
Sale? If so, title, sale price, realtor, maintenance, repairs, occupancy.
Tax consequences of transfers.
Closing of accounts.
Amount, duration, and timing of payments.
Remarriage or cohabitation.
Income tax returns.
Compliance in case of audit.