Parents can use this document to develop a plan that is satisfactory to both parties on how they will raise their children together without having to cede control of decision-making to a judge. If both parents can be civilian and work in the best interests of their children, they can save time, money and energy by establishing a custody agreement themselves. The main reason for such a plan is to ensure that parents assume their responsibilities despite the separation. This plan recognizes the continuous development of the child. The plan should be effective in both form and substance. Consider these factors when developing a parenting plan template: Parents often face the challenge of planning their lives when they divorce. Since one or both parents have to take care of the children, they need some kind of educational model to lead and develop their lives in the absence of a parent. . . .