Dedicated To Obtaining Favorable Results For You

Photo of Newark, New Jersey, USA

What is a temporary parenting plan?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2023 | Child Custody

Navigating the complexities of co-parenting can be a challenging journey for many separated or divorcing couples. One crucial issue that demands attention immediately after a split is the creation of a temporary parenting plan.

If you and your spouse make up your mind about getting a divorce or otherwise separating, you may need a temporary parenting plan. This document outlines custody arrangements for the children until a permanent parenting plan can be constructed and formalized.

Crafting an effective temporary parenting plan

Communication is key in co-parenting, especially when drafting a temporary parenting plan. Clearly outline each parent’s rights and responsibilities to minimize potential conflicts. Emphasize open and respectful communication channels between both parties.

It would be best if you also established a detailed parenting time schedule to help ensure consistency and predictability for the children. Don’t forget to clearly define holidays, school breaks and special occasions, taking into account each parent’s availability and preferences.

A temporary parenting plan should also help you determine how major decisions will be made regarding your child’s education, healthcare and extracurricular activities. Specify whether joint decision-making is required or if one parent holds primary authority.

Legal implications of temporary parenting plans

Temporary parenting plans are legally binding documents once they are formalized and submitted to the courts, and adherence to the agreed terms is crucial as a result. Failure to comply with the outlined arrangements may lead to legal consequences, impacting future custody decisions.

Temporary parenting plans can be modified under certain circumstances, such as changes in living situations or work schedules. However, the court must approve the modifications before they will become enforceable.

A temporary parenting plan can play a crucial role in establishing a stable and supportive co-parenting environment before a permanent custody agreement is established. By addressing key aspects such as communication and scheduling, parents can create a plan that prioritizes the well-being of their children and effectively helps them to transition to new arrangements while they’re working out the particulars of their final plan.


At this time please call our office to make credit card payments.