How Do You Draft a Minnesota Parenting Plan for Divorce, Custody, and Parenting Time?


PuzzleMinnesota divorces, custody disputes, or parenting time issues can be emotional, stressful, and may appear insurmountable. But, you and the other parent have a shared obligation to create the best possible loving environment for your children at both residences.    Mutually drafting a co-parenting plan is one way to address how you are going to co-parent to benefit the children.   Minnesota custody and parenting time law does not require that you draft up a plan, but it sure is helpful and makes a lot of sense when you are co-parenting. Please consider the following suggestions.


  • Have an open-minded approach with an ear towards listening to other parent and trying to understand his or her position;
  • Think creatively – one parenting plan size doesn’t fit all Minnesota families;
  • Practice being civil, polite and be patient;
  • Try not to create bright lines or hard fast rules that cannot addressed by both parents as the children grow older and circumstances change;
  • Develop a stick-to-it-ness— drafting a parenting plan is hard work; bring some snacks to curb that low blood sugar;
  • Be open to guidance and ideas from a mediator or your attorney – they don’t know your family, but they may have suggestions from which you can develop your own mutual plan;
  • Don’t get stuck on labels – you and the other parent may create labels ( e.g., joint custody, shared custody, shared time) as long as you define the labels for the court;
  • Create a check-list or download a check-list to trigger ideas and to cover all of your bases in drafting a plan; and,
  • Meet as many times as it may take to come up with a plan.  Remember this is all about the children.

Feel fee to download the following worksheet:   Parenting Plan Worksheet

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Kate Willmore, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Divorce, Child Custody, Father’s Rights, Mother’s Rights, Family Lawyer, Family Court Lawyer and Mediation Coach

For more information on divorces or child custody see: What You Need to Know About Minnesota Divorce

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