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DIY Divorce Connecticut: What Should I have in my parenting plan?

Here is a quick list of issues to think about when creating a parenting plan (custody agreement) in Connecticut.

Parenting Plan Checklist
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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.

Agreement Checklist

  • Distribution of property and debts.

  • Assets on financial affidavits.

  • Execution of deed and other documents.

  • Division of current debts.

  • After-found assets and debts.

  • Marital home

  • Refinance?

  • Sale? If so, title, sale price, realtor, maintenance, repairs, occupancy.

  • Tax consequences of transfers.

  • Future interests.

  • Pensions.

  • Businesses.

  • Debts.

  • Closing of accounts.

  • Personal property.

  • Indemnification.

  • Spousal support.

  • Amount, duration, and timing of payments.

  • Modification.

  • Remarriage or cohabitation.

  • Life insurance.

  • Medical insurance.

  • Tax ramifications.

  • Income tax returns.

  • Filing status.

  • Compliance in case of audit.

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