A simple definition of a “parenting plan” is: that time each week when the children are going to be with mom, and that time each week when the children are going to be with dad.
While the definition appears to be relatively straightforward, mediating a parenting plan is often very difficult. There are often three conflicting factions at play here. Mom’s schedule, dad’s schedule, and the children’s schedules.
An experienced mediator is critical in situations when a parenting schedule is in dispute. Generally speaking both parents want more time with the children, and there are only 7 days in each week. It is a truism that each parent’s time with the children is going to be less than it was previously, because you now have two households in which the children will live each week.
There are an infinite number of parenting plans possible. An experienced family law professional can help guide you on plans in which the children can thrive, while getting the best possible quality time with each parent.