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Parenting Plans for Infants

Infant parenting plans do not work the same way as parenting plans for older children. In fact, while parenting plans for infants often designate one parent as the primary caregiver, they also tend to include “step-ups” in time with the noncustodial parent as babies get older.

For mothers and fathers, there’s a lot on the line when it’s time to create an infant parenting plan—and the agreement you put in place can have far-reaching impacts on your time and relationship with your newborn. 

Make sure your baby’s best interests are protected—and safeguard your interests as well—by contacting The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC. Our child custody lawyers have deep experience developing various types of parenting plans, both during and outside of the Colorado divorce process. We know all of the details and terms that are critical to put in infant parenting plans, and we can advocate your rights and protect your interests when developing and modifying these plans.

Call (970) 488-1887 or email our firm for a free, 100% confidential consultation. Phone and Skype consultations are available.

Why Do Infant Parenting Plans Name a Primary Care Giver?

In most cases, a primary caregiver is designated to promote attachment and healthy development. In fact, according to the evolutionary and psychological theory known as Attachment Theory, infants develop an attachment to a constantly present individual who is affectionate and responsive to their needs between the ages of 6 months to 2 years. Many courts use this as a guiding principle in infant parenting plans, choosing one parent to be the primary caregiver during this crucial developmental period.

Still, that doesn’t mean that the other parent will not have any time with a young child. Courts will still grant the other parent time with a child (as long as that’s in the infant’s best interests).

This time can be scheduled to increase as the child gets older and becomes more and more independent during the early years.

What Should an Infant Parenting Plan Cover?

The best infant parenting plans are tailored to fit the unique circumstances, needs, and goals of those involved—with the interests, safety, and wellbeing of the infant always being the priority. In general, however, parenting plans for infants should include details about issues like (but not limited to):

  • Parenting time schedules: What days will the infant spend with the custodial versus the noncustodial parent? Where will parents meet for custody exchanges? When and how can either parent change the terms of the infant parenting time schedule?

  • Exceptions: Who will spend time with the infant on holidays? When do relatives (like grandparents) get to spend time with an infant? What should happen if one parent needs to extend the time (s)he has the infant for any given visit?

  • Expenses: How will each parent contribute to the costs of raising the infant? Who covers costs like health insurance, the costs of traveling for custody exchanges, and the child’s food, clothing, and other needs? Who will claim the infant as a dependent on their tax forms?

  • Making decisions: Who will make and be responsible for taking the infant to doctors’ appointments? How will decisions about childcare be made? Who will have the “last” say when there is a disagreement on certain decisions?

  • Communication: What is the preferred method of communication, regarding schedules and issues concerning the infant? When is each parent required to contact the other one and communicate certain information (e.g., after a medical event or an emergency)? What happens when communication breaks down or there’s an impasse?

How Can I Find Out More About Infant Parenting Plans in Colorado?

Contact The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC. The truth is that infant parenting plans can raise complicated, sensitive issues—and this could just be the first of many parenting plans you need to create as your newborn grows. When you want to be confident that you have exceptional representation when it matters most, it’s time to call The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC.

Call (970) 488-1887 or email our firm for a free, 100% confidential consultation.

No matter how complicated your case may be, we are here for you, and we’re ready to put our experience, know-how, and commitment to work providing you with top-quality representation every step of the way. From offices in Fort Collins, we represent clients throughout Larimer County and the state of Colorado.


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