PARENTING CHECKLIST

  1. Goals of parenting after separation
  2. Decision making for education, medical treatment, religious upbringing
  3. Schedule for children
    • Weekdays/nights and weekends (Regular school year)
    • School vacations
    • Holidays (e.g. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Palm Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Halloween, others)
    • Special days (e.g. children’s birthdays, parents’ birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day)
    • Jewish Holidays (e.g. Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah)
  4. Special Agreements
    • Pick up and return
    • Child care arrangement
    • Sick days – School in service days
    • Payment for college
    • Education and health information about children
    • Consistency between homes
    • Labels for Custody
    • Other
  5. Missed Visits
    • Notice
    • Reimbursement for expenses incurred
  6. Evolving Parenting Arrangements
    • Parent moving away
    • Step-Parents – Blended family
    • Growing older
    • Children’s future
    • Regular Reviews
  7. Decision-Making and Parent Meetings
    • Meet and confer
    • Mini evaluations
    • Required mediator