These Model Parenting Plans represent the collective work of a Task Force of judges,
lawyers, probation officers and mental health professionals. They combine the latest research on
the needs of children with the experience of professionals who have worked extensively with
children and families going through divorce and separation. The plans focus primarily on
children’s needs. Several plans are suggested, depending on the age of the children and the prior
involvement of the parents with their children.
The Model Parenting Plans are not mandatory or presumptive. They do not represent the
“law”. They are not intended to be strict guidelines; nor do they indicate that there should be a
minimum or maximum amount of parenting time for either parent. The plans are designed to be
educational, informational and practical tools for parents who face important decisions relative
to the care of their children.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to the members of the Task Force listed below who spent