Creating a successful parenting plan is a task that requires time and careful thought, but you do not have to be an expert in this kind of project, and few parents are. 

With the guidance of a mediator, you can develop a parenting plan the court will approve because it focuses on your child’s best interests. 

Basic ingredients

Under Minnesota law, your parenting plan must include a schedule that shows the amount of time you and the other parent will spend with your child. The plan must also contain a breakdown of decision-making responsibilities and a method of dispute resolution when child-rearing conflicts arise. 

A useful tool

The Minnesota court system has devised a Parenting Agreement Worksheet you may find useful. In addition to outlining points you need to include in your plan, it is a working document that helps parents think through action items. The worksheet touches on the benefits of mediation and encourages parents to use legal guidance in preparing a plan that “is consistent with Minnesota laws.” 

A way to take control

If you and your soon-to-be-ex cannot agree on a parenting plan, the court will step in to create one. However, you know your child better than anyone. Although you and the other parent may have strong opinions on child-raising, you can come together through open communication and compromise. Mediation provides the atmosphere that is conducive to doing just that, allowing you to take control and construct a solid foundation for co-parenting that is in the best interests of your child.