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									PARTY                               :        14TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT
VS. NO. 2001-1200                            :       PARISH OF CALCASIEU
PARTY                               :        STATE OF LOUISIANA
FILED:____________________          :        _______________________________
                                                     DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT

                                                 EXHIBIT A
                                         JOINT CUSTODY PLAN
         This plan to implement joint custody is submitted jointly by Party and Party , for the minor child,
child’s name.
         A. PHYSICAL CUSTODY
                  The primary domicile shall be at the residence of the mother who is designated as
              the domiciliary parent.
                  Except as provided herein, the children shall be subject to rules and regulations
              agreed upon by the parents. In the event of a dispute, the parent having the child at that
              time shall prevail.
                  The parents are encouraged to communicate frequently about all factors affecting
              the welfare of the child.
                  Each parent shall transfer to the other sufficient wardrobe and property for the child,
              considering the season.
                  All information regarding school, report cards, conferences, trips, functions,
              meetings, etc., should be furnished to the other parent within twenty-four (24) hours or
              notice of receipt as either parent receives same. The parents shall not communicate
              through the child because they refuse to communicate with each other.
                  The parents shall not ignore each others input concerning matters related to the
              welfare of the child.
                  The parents shall communicate directly with each other concerning issues effecting
              the child’s welfare.

         B. CHANGE OF RESIDENCE OF PARENT
                 Either parent may remove their residence from the State of Louisiana. Before or
             within Thirty (30) days of such removal, the parent changing residence shall request a
             modification of the plan from the remaining parent. If agreement is reached, a joint
             motion for modification shall be submitted to the court requesting a modification of the
             orders previously issued. If no agreement is reached, the party changing residence shall
             request a modification from the Court after compliance with Paragraph F below.
                 The residence of the child shall not be removed at anytime from Louisiana without
             an appropriate order of the Court.

         C. REMARRIAGE
                  Upon remarriage, either party may seek a modification as provided in Paragraph F
              below.
         D. EDUCATION
                  The parents shall communicate on educational decisions.
         E. TRANSPORTATION
                  Each parent is responsible for transportation of the child during that time in which
              the child is in their physical custody.
         F. PLAN MODIFICATION
         Each party may seek judicial modification of the plan, however, modification,
     including as provided in Paragraph B above, and excepting child support, shall not be
     granted unless both parties have first consulted with recognized family counseling or
     medication service for assistance in arriving at a joint modification. The parties shall
     furnish to the Court any modified plan by joint motion. The joint modification shall be
     effective after Court approval, but may be retroactive if agreed by the parties and/or
     approved by the Court.

G. MEDICAL AND DENTAL
         Except in emergencies, decisions regarding all medical, psychiatric and dental
     treatment decisions are to be made by both parents. In an emergency, the parent with
     physical custody shall be responsible for such decisions.
         Cosmetic surgery or cosmetic dental treatment, shall not be undertaken without the
     permission of both parents.
         Substance abuse treatment is deemed medical treatment.
H. CONFLICTS
         Conflicts under the terms of this plan must be submitted first to a recognized family
     counseling or mediation service for resolution before application my be made to resolve
     a conflict.
I. COMMUNICATION BY CHILDREN
         Both parents shall have the right to communicate with the minor child provided,
     however, that the parent with physical custody shall have the right to restrict
     communication so as not to interfere with bed times. No communication shall be
     intercepted, censored, or monitored except provided herein.
         The minor child shall have the right to communicate with either parent at reasonable
     times and through reasonable means. No communication shall be intercepted,
     censored, or monitored by the parents.
J. TUTORSHIP
         The parents shall enjoy the natural co-tutorship of the child in accordance with
     Articles 250 and 258 of the Louisiana Civil Code, except as limited herein.
K. PROPERTY OF THE CHILDREN
         The parents shall have joint administration of the property of the child provided by
     Articles 4362 of the Louisiana code of Civil Procedure.
L. ACUTE ILLNESS
         In the event of serious acute illness, each parent shall afford reasonable visitation to
     the other.
M. VISITATION
         Parent, shall have the following visitation with the minor child:
     1. Alternating weekends from 6:00 P.M., Friday until 7:00 A.M. Monday morning;
     2. In odd numbered years, Mardi Gras, Easter Sunday, July 4 th, and Thanksgiving
          Day from the day preceding at 5:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. and in December from
          December 20 at 5:00 P.M. through 2:00 P.M. on December 25;
     3. In even numbered years, Memorial Day, Labor Day, from the day preceding 5:00
          P.M. through the holiday at 2:00 P.M. ; and December 25 at 2:00 P.M. through
          January 2nd at 6:00 P.M.
     4. Mother’s Day with mother from 2:00 P.M. on the preceding day to 6:00 P.M.;
     5. Father’s Day with father from 2:00 P.M. on the preceding day to 6:00 P.M.;
     6. Any other times agreeable by the parties of different by agreement from this plan
          herein.
         During the months of June, July and August, Parent , shall have additional visitation
     with the minor child, name, every other week from 6:00 P.M. on Friday through the
     following Friday at 6:00 P.M. beginning the first Friday in June.
         The visiting parent shall notify the custodial parent of any illness suffered by the
     child which requires physician consultation and shall inform the other parent of any
     medication or other treatment administered.
                  The visitation provisions of this plan are intended to be flexible. Parties may agree
              to dates and times different from those provided herein to support the work, school, and
              social schedules of the parties and child.

My signature represents my agreement that this document represents the agreement reached during
mediation. I understand that it is not binding until reviewed by my attorney and ordered by The Court.


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Date: ___________________________

								
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