The word “visitation” is no longer used in the world of family law. The idea is that a child with two parents should not have to “live” with one parent and be “visited” by the other. Instead, in order to address what the majority of families with children face in a divorce situation, the term timesharing was born. “Timesharing” describes the arrangement for the time each parent spends with the child or children and is either agreed upon by the parents or determined by the Court if the parents cannot agree. The parents or the Court may decide on equal timesharing, or they may decide that one of the parents will have a majority of the timesharing with the child or children. A Parenting Plan is a document that sets forth basically all of the matters relating to the children involved in a divorce or paternity proceeding. It is required by the Court and must be filed in addition to any Marital Settlement Agreement or Paternity Settlement Agreement in a family law case. A Parenting Plan includes the timesharing schedule for the parents, but it also addresses issues such as: communication between the parents and between the parents and children; the children’s education; health care decisions and expenses; health and life insurance; religious upbringing; and any other issues that pertain to the children of a particular family. At The Padron Law Group, P.L.L.C., we help our clients formulate a timesharing schedule and Parenting Plan that best suits the needs of the client’s individual family.