Permanent parenting plan.
There are many types of plans, the traditional every other weekend with a mid week dinner to 50-50 %, one week on/one week off. Young children usually are ordered to stay together and with the traditionally primary parent. Older children can have more flexible plans. It really depends on the unique situation of the family. But what is so important is to make a plan that will work until the child is 18 because 1) children do not get a voice on who they stay with and 2) parenting plans are extremely difficult to change.
These often to no work, and I frankly do not advise them except in rare circumstances where both parents really to share the child rearing tasks, get along well with each other, and live near each other. That is not “usual” in divorce.
Parenting Plan modifications are expensive and hard to achieve. The courts do not like to change their orders and there is a built in initial hearing a party must pass to even get to bring a modification case called Adequate Cause. If you want to change your plan and the other party will not agree and mediation has failed and is not an option, you have to convince a court at an initial hearing that there is a substantial change in circumstances that was not contemplated at the time of the initial order that is detrimental to child(ren). As parents you are sensitive to your child’s needs and feelings but that might not be enough to convince a court to hear your case. Often a party starts a ‘Petition to Modify a Plan’ and gets thrown at adequate cause threshold hearing. Seek counsel if you are thinking of attempting to change you parenting plan or you can end up spending a lot of time and money for nothing.