Washington courts will do everything possible to help lessen the emotional trauma the children of divorce encounter. The courts prime concern is the best interests of the child. Depending on the age of the children, a parenting plan may be general or detailed. A general parenting plan may include a general outline of how parental responsibilities and parenting time will be shared. A detailed parenting plan may include provisions relating to: residential schedule; holiday, birthday and vacation planning; weekends, including holidays, and school in-service days preceding or following weekends; decision-making and responsibility; relocation of parents; telephone access; transportation; and methods for resolving disputes.

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