We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan
Research says that children do best when both of their parents are involved in their lives. When families change through separation, divorce, re-marriage, or a paternity action, a whole new set of challenges arises for parents and their children. A parenting plan can help parents successfully coparent in these situations. Some states, like Minnesota, may require the creation of a parenting plan depending the family's situation.
We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan helps parents make child-focused decisions about parenting. It includes a worksheet that will help them create a parenting plan that describes living arrangements, parenting time, rules, education, and other day-to-day and long-term issues. In addition, the publication addresses how to change the plan and deal with disagreements about the decisions.
Dear Parents (580 K PDF)
Chapter 1: Before You Meet (9.5 MB PDF)
- What is a parenting plan?
- How to use this booklet
- Why is it important to make a parenting plan together?
- How courts are involved
- "Best interests of the child"
- How to share parenting time
- How children grow
- Infants and toddlers
- Elementary-middle schoolers
- What we do well
- What are our areas of agreement and disagreement?
- Nobody knows your children as well as you do
- Parenting well
- What your children need from you
- Parenting styles
- Am I using a Positive Parenting style?
Chapter 2: Making Your Parenting Plan Together (709 K PDF)
- Elements of a successful meeting
- Tips for reducing conflict
Chapter 3: Maintaining Your Parenting Plan (3.5 KB PDF)
- When your children are moving between two households...
- How to exchange information with the other parent
- Tips on supporting your children's relationship with both of you
- How to make ongoing decisions together
- Changing your parenting plan
Additional Resources and References (396 K PDF)
Credits (8.5 MB PDF)
Resources for Families — The tools and articles on this website can help you not only survive, but thrive, after a family transition.
Minnesota Statute 518.1705 — Find out more about the Minnesota statute that allows creating parenting plans as part of parents legal agreement for the future care of their children.
Minnesota Statute 518.175 — Reviews the Minnesota statute on the protection of parenting time to maintain a child to parent relationship that will be in the best interests of the child.