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Get Help With a Parenting Agreement in California

Get California Parenting Plan and Agreement Help

Here are the best ways to get help creating a child custody and visitation agreement in California.
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Updated: 2021-09-02 by

Here are five places you can turn for help creating a child custody and visitation agreement in California.

Your lawyer or a legal aid representative. This one’s obvious, but if you have a lawyer (whether paid or volunteer) that should be the first person you turn to for guidance on creating your parenting agreement. If you need help finding legal assistance, see How to Find a Child Custody Lawyer in California.

Mediation. A skilled child custody mediator can help with everything from living arrangements and visitation schedules to decision-making responsibilities and financial agreements. A mediator’s job is to help you explore all the options and settle on the best solutions for all involved, especially the kids. Here are several ways to find a qualified mediator:

Your local court. While we recommend doing all you can to resolve custody issues without a court fight, even those committed to peaceful negotiation may find helpful resources at your local family court. Many courts have online resources or self-help centers offering materials to help put together a parenting plan.

To find your local family court, see the Modoc County family law court page.

Does California Offer a Free Parenting Plan Template?

All states but five have put together templates or guidelines you can use to draft your parenting agreement.

Does California offer parenting plan resources? YES

As you get ready to make your parenting plan, be sure to review the parenting agreement resources offered by California.

Online resources. There are many respectable internet sources to help you with custody plans. For example, you’ll find a lot of great information under Resources for Families on the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ website. In particular, look for “Parenting Plan Information.” You may also want to investigate online software for creating a parenting plan, such as the program offered by Custody X Change.

In addition, the Alaska state court’s self-help resources for making a parenting plan are helpful for folks in any state. And here are free parenting plans from more than a dozen states to help you explore different options.

Books. If you still like the substantial support of a good book, here are three good ones:

If books aren’t in your budget, you may be able to find these at your local public library.


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