Parenting Guidelines Provision Examples

You can pick and choose from these parenting guidelines provisions to include the information you want in your parenting plan. These example provisions are flexible and you can include parts of them and or/alter the wording to fit your situation. You can also write additional provisions for your plan.

Check your state custody guidelines to find out if your state requires certain parenting guidelines provisions to be in your parenting plan. Typically your plan can have extra provisions along with the state required ones.

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Discipline

Each parent shall be responsible for disciplining the child during the period of time the child is in the care of that parent. If any significant discipline problems arise that require further attention, the parent who was first made aware of the discipline problem shall contact the other parent and discuss the matter in order to agree on the necessary course of action.

Neither parent shall permit any third party to inflict corporal punishment or physical discipline of any kind on the child.

No disciplinary measure shall be taken to override the parenting schedule, so as to deprive the other parent of his/her time with the children, unless both parents agree to alter the schedule in light of the necessary disciplinary measure.

Child rearing

Each parent shall train the child to obey and respect the child's teachers and the law.

Each parent shall personally supervise and control the conduct and activities of the child except when the child is at school or in known or usual recreational activities, or in the immediate care of another competent person.

Each parent is responsible for making sure their residence where the child will be staying provides certain basic necessities such as running water, electricity, and heat.

Each parent is responsible for providing a healthy balanced diet, including appropriate meals and snacks, during the time the child is in his or her care.

Religious education

Each parent may take the minor child to a church or place of worship of his or her choice during the time that the minor child is in his or her care.

Both parents agree that the minor child may be instructed in the following faith:

Neither parent may allow the child to partake in religious activities or institutions without prior written approval from the other parent.

Other relationships

Both parents agree that it is not in the best interests of the child for either parent to live with a romantic significant other or to allow a romantic interest to spend the night out of wedlock at the parent's residence while the child is in that parent's physical care.

Unless married, each parent's romantic relationships are to be kept discrete with respect to the child at all times.

Neither parent is to confuse the child regarding the status of a romantic relationship by saying or implying that a significant other is or will be their stepfather or stepmother until such a relationship has been established by legal and lawful marriage.

The child will have no contact with (specify name):

The child must not be left alone in the presence of (specify name):

The child's grandparents shall have reasonable rights of visitation. Normally, the paternal grandparent's visitation shall be expected to occur during the father's period of responsibility and the maternal grandparent's visitation shall be expected to occur during the mother's period of responsibility. If additional visitation with the grandparents is requested, the parents shall mutually agree to any additional visitation.

Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs

Either parent may deny the other parent access to the minor child if that parent is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and constitutes a threat to the safety and well-being of the child when they arrive for visitation.

Father/Mother/Both parents may not consume alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or restricted dangerous drugs (except by prescription) within 12 hours prior to or during periods of time with the child.

Father/Mother/Both parents may not permit any third party to consume alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or restricted dangerous drugs (except by prescription) in the presence of the child.

The child will not be exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke while in the home or car of either parent.

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