Parenting Plan Provisions: Child–Parent Relationship

You can pick and choose from these provisions about your child's relationship with each parent to include in your parenting plan.

These example provisions are flexible. You can include parts of them or alter the wording to fit your situation. You can also write additional provisions for your plan.

Check your location's custody guidelines to find out if your plan must include certain provisions about your child's relationships with their parents. Your plan can have extra provisions along with the required ones.

You'll find many more provisions in the Custody X Change parenting plan template.

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Child and parent communication

  • Regular, scheduled phone or electronic contact between the parent and child will take place as follows: (schedule goes here)
  • During their parenting time, each parent must allow the child to remotely and reasonably contact the other parent. (Reasonable contact can be limited to a certain frequency or within certain hours.)
  • Neither parent may interrupt phone or other electronic communication between the child and the other parent, except in an emergency or when a limit set by this plan or agreed with the other parent has been reached. Nor may they permit another person to do so.
  • Neither parent may listen to, view or read communication between the child and the other parent. Nor may they permit another person to do so.

Encouraging positive parent–child relationships

  • Each parent must encourage love and affection between the child and the other parent, and they must permit the child to express love and affection for the other parent.
  • Neither parent will make or allow anyone to make negative comments within hearing distance of the child about the other parent or the other parent's past or present relationships, family, or friends.

Explaining parents' romantic partners

  • Parents must not give the child any detail about their romantic relationships that is inappropriate for the child's age.
  • If either parent marries or plans to marry, they must consult with the other parent on how and when to inform the child. Until this consultation, neither parent will say or imply that their romantic partner is or will be the child's stepparent.

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For provisions about your child's relationships with both parents, you'll work mostly in the app's "communication with child" category. It includes the provisions you see above, plus many others.

The result will be a professional document that demonstrates your competence as a parent and secures your child's future.

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