Parenting Plan is the legal document that governs the conduct of the mother and father with respect to the kids. It will specify the legal and physical custody arrangement and all manners of details regarding the children. Think of it as a contract for the benefit of the kids. Other points you will see in the parenting plan are: a) the specific time periods the kids will spend with each parent, b) where the kids spend any holidays, c) sharing of expenses for the kids for activities, d) who claims the kids on their taxes.
Legal Custody refers to decision-making for the children.
~~Physical Custody refers to where the children will be spending their time.
Child Support is a sum of money paid by one parent to the other to help with the costs of raising a child. It is based upon a number of factors including: a) the income of the parents, b) number of children, c) costs of health insurance, d) costs of daycare, and e) how much time each parent spends with the kids.
In Missouri, when a divorce involves children, it is required for each parent to take a course called Children First to learn about co-parenting after divorce. This is a valuable program designed to give parents a tool to work with their former spouse to successfully parent after divorce. Here is a list of the providers for the program: