The development of a parenting plan is an important step in many divorces involving children in Ontario. A parenting plan is a document outlining how the children will be raised following divorce, and the parents should focus on the needs of the children while developing the plan.
There are no hard rules for the contents of the document. It should be concrete enough to be useful, but it should also be flexible. A good parenting plan will reduce the likelihood of conflict between the parents by setting out expectations and guidelines while considering the ages of the children and the parents' realistic ability to cooperate with one another.