The goal of any parenting time plan should be to ensure that a child(ren) has a relationship with both parents that, as nearly as possible, encourages continued parental responsibility and promotes continued parental access.
Additionally, it is important to set up a parenting schedule that is clear and detailed. It should include pick up and drop off times and locations, holiday schedules, birthdays and other dates important to a parenting time plan. The more parties agree to in advance, the less there will be to fight about later. The goal is to reach an agreement that is durable and that the parties can live with. The best interest of the child(ren) is always the top priority when reaching parenting time agreements. Parenting time should not be viewed as a portion of the child(ren)’s time allocated to a parent, but rather a portion of a parent’s time reserved for the child(ren).