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Separation and Divorce: Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans

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When parents separate, they need to decide how they will take care of their children. They have to make important decisions about things like:

  • Where will our child live?
  • How will we make major decisions about how to care for and raise our child?
  • How much time will each of us spend with our child?
  • What role will each of us have in caring for our child?
  • These issues are referred to as custody and access. If parents agree on these things, they can make a written parenting plan.

    When we use the words "both parents" in this booklet, it refers to all parents a child might have.