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During Mediation, the parents will need to discuss the details of the parenting plan – detailing what times each parent will be responsible for the children and any child care arrangements. The parenting plan proposal needs to be detailed, Monday through Friday, weekends, holidays and special days, winter break, spring break and summer vacation.
The parents will also need to decide on the transportation arrangements and the location of the exchange of the children.
Many parents find it helpful to write down their proposal and bring it to the mediation – be realistic, even the best plan will not work if it is not possible to carry it out! Bring more than one proposal just in case.
Children experience anxiety, distress and insecurity during separation. Expect some changes in your child and stay focused on how to help your child adjust.
For more information on special situations, what parents can do to help, parenting time suggestions, Read the complete "A Parental Guide to Making Child-Focused Parenting Time Decisions" - Prepared by the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Task Force on Visitation and Child Support Enforcement.