Navigating co-parenting after separation can be challenging – this essential checklist can help Ontario families develop a parenting plan which establishes shared parenting roles and responsibilities.
I. Parenting Plan ➡ Understanding Needs and Interests
A. Parents’ Perspectives
B. Children’s Perspectives
II. Parenting Plan ➡ Communication and Conflict Resolution
A. Establishing Communication Protocols
B. Conflict Resolution Techniques
III. Parenting Plan ➡ Decision-making Authority
A. Defining Decision-making Roles
B. Collaborative Decision-making
IV. Parenting Plan ➡ Parenting Time and Visitation Schedules
A. Creating a Schedule
B. Flexibility Considerations
V. Parenting Plan ➡ Coordinating Logistics and Transitions
A. Transportation and Communication
B. Transition Strategies
VI. Parenting Plan ➡ Addressing Children’s Specific Needs
A. Education and Healthcare
B. Extracurricular Activities and Hobbies
VII. Emotional Well-being and Support
A. Emotional Support for Children
B. Parental Support and Self-Care
VIII. Parenting Plan ➡ Legal Considerations and Documentation
A. Understanding Legal Obligations in Ontario
B. Documenting and Formalizing the Parenting Plan
IX. Conclusion and Ongoing Commitment
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For further information regarding parenting and other family law issues relating to separation or divorce, see our 2023 Family Law Guide to Separation and Divorce.
Another checklist which you may find useful is our Navigating Separation and Divorce: An Essential Checklist for Successful Family Mediation.
Additional information on Co-Parenting can be found on the Ontario Government’s website about parenting arrangements if you are separating or getting a divorce.