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The Legal Side of Family Transition

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Creating a Parenting Plan

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When parents divorce or separate, they need to make a plan to care for their children in different households.

Parenting plans help parents develop a strategy for how their children will be parented in separate homes. In a parenting plan, parents document important decisions like:

Parenting Agreement Worksheet

Get started on your parenting plan today! Download a parenting agreement worksheet:

This is also available as a bilingual Spanish/English form (1.2 MB PDF).

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We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan — This comprehensive handbook helps parents make child-focused decisions about parenting. Includes comprehensive worksheet to document decisions being made.

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A Parental Guide to Making Child-Focused Parenting Time DecisionsMinnesota Supreme Court Advisory Task Force on Visitation and Child Support Enforcement — Official report from the task force that describes the issues and offers guidance on what parents can do to help the situation, including parenting time considerations for children at different ages and stages. Also available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

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